Young Alumni Series

Harrison Evola ’17: Catering to his Community

By February 9, 2018 No Comments

Hungry 16-year-old Harrison Evola woke up one morning in his Virginia home excited to pour himself a bowl of cereal. But there was one problem – no milk. Something so simple as a small inconvenience sparked the idea for his successful delivery business, FetchMe.

“I just remember thinking how convenient would it be if someone could just deliver this to me right when I needed it,” Evola said.

Later that summer he began working at his first job, Papa John’s, and over the next year progressed as a delivery driver. He then earned the opportunity to work in their corporate office, where he learned how a national franchise was run.

“At that point, I had already known I wanted to start my own business, so seeing how a company ran from the inside was a great inspiration for me.”  

Harrison Evola shopping
Harrison Evola FetchMe

Over the years, the idea stayed with him and followed him to college, where he continued to find a need for such a business, but it wasn’t until his junior year at Auburn University, studying entrepreneurship and family business, when he decided it was time he created something of his own and finally put his delivery idea to use.

Helping manage the Auburn basketball team his last two years of college, Evola’s experience working in a corporate franchise and the information he learned in his business classes gave him the tools to jumpstart FetchMe.

Operating as an on-demand delivery service, FetchMe provides a range of options for its customers to choose. From delivering groceries to restaurant orders and even to catering events and tailgates, FetchMe prides itself on ”running your errands for you.”

Now, anyone in need of milk can have it delivered to their doorstep. Customers can order online or through the FetchMe app seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., with a special late-night delivery service on Friday and Saturday staying open until 2 a.m.  

FetchMe began with just a few drivers, including Evola, but with growing success and an overwhelming support from the community, he now functions as the president and CEO of his company, with help from a full-time manager and over 18 drivers who deliver from over 50 restaurants in the Auburn-Opelika area.

By his senior year, Evola’s business was in full-swing, and he was helping his community in ways he didn’t expect. He was excited to work with local companies and meet his customers, but it wasn’t until he delivered groceries to a woman who was bedridden did he realize the need goes farther than just a quick candy fix in the middle of a movie night.

FetchMe sticker

“This woman was unable to shop for herself, and she didn’t know how to order online,” Evola said. “I took her grocery order over the phone and made sure she had what she needed.”

It’s stories like that, Evola said, that makes his business so rewarding.

With every helpful order, there are also some strange ones. Evola and his drivers have picked up items ranging from a single bag of Pizza Rolls to mouthwash and firewood. He has grown to know many of his regular customers and credits that to FetchMe drivers going above and beyond the call of duty.

“The support has been absolutely fantastic,” Evola said. “Being able to help, even in the smallest of ways, is amazing.”