Resident entrepreneur Ingermar Nixon is bringing a new and efficient courier service for other local businesses and residents to utilize. Nixon sat down with this daily to talk about his company Go-Gettas in an exclusive interview on Tuesday (October 2).
The 25-year-old, New Providence native moved to Grand Bahama about three years ago with the idea for Go-Gettas in mind; however, he waited to get acclimated to the island and learn its layout before he began developing the business.
“Go-Gettas provides an incredibly innovative and convenient service that connects consumers with food, grocery, items, medication and tackles your tasks. A hybrid logistics company operating a network of couriers that transports virtually anything locally,” he explained.
He added that Go-Gettas specializes in delivering domestic business courier services, errand running services and goods locally. An on-demand, same-day delivery business. With car tracking and a check-in point system, every 10-15 minutes.
“Individuals can have practically anything they want delivered to their door,” Nixon said.
He noted that their online platform allows customers to view couriers’ current street whereabouts by the second, while also allowing the customer to track and rate Go-Gettas services. It also has an e-signature feature that allows Go-Gettas to capture signatures by using the customer’s finger and signing on the company’s smart phone for proof of delivery.
“Our App is a real-time GPS Based Pickup, Delivery and Field Service management solution designed to maximize the employee productivity, improve customer service and promote efficiencies,” he said.
Nixon noted that this feature is important, because he wants to be transparent in business.
He expressed that he wants to contribute to the local economy by empowering businesses, increasing productivity and quality of service, while at the same time reducing cost.
“Businesses are offered unlimited delivery options without any overhead and ultimately boost their bottom line by increasing sales and couriers get a flexible job that pays well,” he said.
Nixon explained what is expected of couriers on the job. “Drivers cannot purchase items. They can only pick-up and deliver pre-paid goods from point A to point B. A courier can pick up meds from the local pharmacy, make a run to the liquor store, become your own personal shopper for the grocery store, pick up and deliver a briefcase you left across town, go and pay a bill, deliver documents to another firm, return your keys that are at your friend’s house, or they can deliver food purchased from a restaurant.”
Persons interested in becoming a courier must be 21 years old, be able to lift 50 pounds, have a valid driver’s license, auto insurance, vehicle registration and two years of driving experience.
“I’ll probably start with two (couriers), but I do have plans to grow … however, it will be to part-time shifts so it wouldn’t be as strenuous and you wouldn’t feel as tied down,” he said.
Nixon then explained his company’s business plan. According to the young entrepreneur, the plan is based on a unique economics model identified as the sharing economy which is often used to describe economic activity involving online transactions.
“The business itself is like e-commerce; I want people to go into this industry where there’s no cash involved,” he said.
He added that originally growing out of the open-source community to refer to peer-to-peer based sharing of access to goods and services, the term is now sometimes used in a broader sense to describe any sales transactions that are done via online market places, even ones that are business to business (B2B), rather than peer-to-peer.
“The sharing economy is built on the sharing of underused assets, both tangible and intangible. If people start sharing these underused resources or services, this will decrease not only our physical waste, but also our waste of resources. Uberization is also an alternative name for the phenomenon,” he said.
Nixon also took the opportunity to advise other young Bahamian entrepreneurs on what they can do to bring their ideas into fruition and get their businesses off the ground.
“If you have something you believe in, you strive for it every day, you focus on it every day so you remember what the goal is. Stay disciplined and don’t waver off the track, just keep going,” he said.
He also noted that people should not listen to naysayers.
“Sometimes the only good thing you hear about yourself is what you have to say about yourself. So, try to stay from negative people,” he said.
Nixon suggested that aspiring entrepreneurs think of themselves as seeds.
“If you’re put in good soil, your will grow strong but if the soil around you isn’t good you won’t grow,” he said.
Nixon finally revealed that Go-Gettas is expected to launch sometime this month and hopes to become the Caribbean’s premiere business courier, errand running, delivery and logistics company in the near future.