Southfield delivery service I’ll Go Get helps businesses stay afloat

Brahm Buck

Transporting store products has been difficult for many small and local businesses during the pandemic. A Southfield-based delivery service, called I’ll Go Get It, saw an opportunity to change that — and grow its own business.  Their plan? Build partnerships with local and small brick-and-mortar businesses to help them quickly get products from shelves […]

Transporting store products has been difficult for many small and local businesses during the pandemic.

A Southfield-based delivery service, called I’ll Go Get It, saw an opportunity to change that — and grow its own business. 

Their plan? Build partnerships with local and small brick-and-mortar businesses to help them quickly get products from shelves to consumers  — still aware of COVID-19 risks — so they can compete with stores like Amazon and Walmart. 

What’s special about the company, known as IGGI, is that they train their most recent hires — mostly interns — to become full-time employees.

Jon Johnson, co-owner of I’ll Go Get It, started the delivery service with Tonya Carter and Tim Hall. The idea for starting the company came about in 2018 and it focuses on Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

Jon Johnson (center), co-owner of I'll Go Get It, runs his black-owned business out of a Southfield, Mich. office suite with his staff that delivers packages for companies, as an alternative from UPS, USPS, and FedEx, on Nov. 20, 2020.

“We actually got the idea from reading a lot of newspapers a couple years or so ago and watching a lot of small businesses close their doors,” said Johnson, who also owns Potty Products, which sells toilet paper to retailers and wholesalers. 

“I had an aha moment,” Johnson said. “Some of the partners who are affiliated logistically, we had conversations about it and decided one way to help retailers would be to give them the opportunity to deliver same day and next day.”

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