From medicine to groceries and wine, a new company in Calabasas is making it their business to deliver products to the customers that need them.
The Calabasas Delivery Service, which is an extension of the Malibu Delivery Service, launched at the end of last year and is slowly gaining traction within the community, said 23-year-old owner Chad Krauland.
Krauland first got the idea for the company three-and-a half years ago when he found himself wishing something like it existed.
"So, I became the one who did it," Krauland told Patch. "I saw the need."
Working for an advertising agency at the time, he started delivering on the weekends. About six months later, Krauland began working seven days a week, and was able to leave the ad agency to build his business.
In Malibu, the company averages around 40 deliveries a day and in Calabasas, around eight, but the numbers are growing, said Krauland. The delivery company recently signed an exclusive deal with Caruso Management Company, which oversees the
"We deliver anything from anywhere that doesn't deliver," Krauland said.
So far, the company has delivered everything from restaurant food, medicinal products to adult novelties. Krauland admits that once in while an order will come that even his company can’t deliver, he said. Those orders usually involve human cargo.
People often call to have the delivery service pick up and drop off their children, Krauland said. “It happens every day. . . . I even had a pre-school call once, but we just don’t have the licensing to do that.”
The company and its employees have grown close to many of their clients, especially in the Malibu area, and it’s that sense of comfort that leads people to often ask the service to pick up their children, Krauland said.
“Malibu is a tight knit community but once you built a bond with people, they give you their trust,” Krauland said. “The same is true in Calabasas.”
Most people aren’t aware that the company offers free service to seniors, something that Krauland is very proud of, he said.
“If seniors need prescriptions or any other medically related products picked up, that is something we do for free," Krauland said. “It’s our way of giving back to the community.”
Also, the service’s eco-conscious approach to business is another point of pride for Krauland, whose company uses a fleet of three Ford Hybrid Escapes and smart cars, he said.
Krauland who hires locally, especially in the summer when school is out, is "always looking for delivery people to expand," he told Patch. Orders cost a flat rate of $11 and can be placed on the phone or the company's website.
Orders are placed directly through the Calabasas Delivery Service and can be as specific as the customer desires. The service pays for the goods and is reimbursed by the customer along with the delivery fee.
In addition, the delivery service has worked a variety of offers and deals with participating restaurants.
“No order is ever too small for us,” said an enthusiastic Krauland.