Save Time on Store Runs with RenoRun
BY AsphaltPro Staff
Services like Postmates and Uber Eats have made it easy to get food from your favorite restaurants delivered to your doorstep. What if the same quick delivery concept could be applied to the construction industry?
What if, instead of a pizza, you could get a part for your paver delivered directly to your job site?
That’s the idea behind Montreal-based RenoRun, an on-demand delivery company dedicated to the construction industry.
“Our average client spends 200 hours a year on store runs,” said RenoRun Vice President of Growth Joanna Knox. “How many times does an employee have to go to multiple vendors in one material run to get everything they need? How many times does an employee have to leave the job for one 2×4?”
That’s the exact problem RenoRun aims to solve.
Orders are made with the free RenoRun app for Apple or Android. The user selects products from the 50,000 products within RenoRun’s catalogue, or uses the “Custom Orders” feature to select countless products from within RenoRun’s service area.
Before checking out, the user confirms the location of the job site, which can include mile markers “as long as it’s in our area of service,” Knox said.
Items from RenoRun’s catalogue are delivered in less than two hours, while custom orders are delivered in as little as four hours or within the same day, depending on when the order was placed. Users can also schedule deliveries in advance.
“Our COO has reduced our average delivery time on orders from our catalogue well under two hours, but we prefer to underpromise and overdeliver,” Knox said.
RenoRun will deliver any item that fits in its vehicles, accommodating products up to 18 feet long and weighing up to 3500 pounds, for a flat fee of $60 with no minimum orders. The prices of items in the RenoRun catalogue are competitive with vendors within that region.
What sets RenoRun apart from more general on-demand delivery services is its knowledge of and focus on the construction industry. All of the company’s founders have backgrounds in the construction industry. Additionally, all RenoRun drivers are employed directly by the company and undergo training to observe safety best practices when delivering materials to potentially dangerous job sites and training to select high quality materials.
“Because we have that human end point, it’s just like having a professional from the job site going to pick out that lumber, those screws, or that part,” Knox said. “This also contributes to a consistency of service and enables us to get to know our customers–and deliver our free coffee to the crew with every delivery.”
Between order and delivery, the RenoRun app sends regular updates on the status of the order. After the order arrives, users can rate and review each order experience. In the event that the products delivered don’t meet the customer’s quality standards, RenoRun will bring replacement items.
RenoRun first launched the service in Montreal in 2017 and expanded to Toronto at the end of 2017. The company launched its first U.S. service area in Austin, Texas, in early 2019.
The company plans to expand to additional cities and regions in the future.
Other On-Demand Delivery Services
Not located in Montreal, Toronto or Austin? RenoRun isn’t the only on-demand delivery service in the construction materials game. Here are a few additional options.
Roadie’s 80,000 drivers have delivered goods to more than 11,000 cities and towns across the country. Although the delivery service doesn’t specialize in construction goods, it partners with The Home Depot to offer same-day delivery of more than 20,000 items in more than 35 U.S. metropolitan markets, including Atlanta, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Delivery pricing starts at $8.99, and orders can be made through HomeDepot.com or the Home Depot app. The Home Depot has also partnered with Deliv for same-day delivery in additional markets.
For items not available through The Home Depot partnership, or for contractors working outside the partnership’s available markets, get a price quote and delivery estimate with Roadie’s general delivery services.
Curri boasts drivers across the nation, capable of delivering construction supplies and materials within an hour. The free app, available for Android and Apple devices, has a pricing model based on the time and distance of the delivery. Curri can deliver items from various stores to the jobsite, from warehouses or headquarters to the job, “or really from any point A to any point B,” says the company website, and has both trucks and cars available for deliveries of various sizes.
GoFor delivers construction supplies or materials from point A to point B in a wide variety of markets throughout Canada, but plans to expand its services to Charlotte, N.C.; Austin and San Antonio, Texas; Boston, Mass.; and Miami, Orlando and Fort Myers, Fla. GoFor offers free apps for Android, Apple and web, and a wide range of vehicle types from vans to flat-bed trucks. Deliveries can be scheduled ahead of time, or delivered immediately, typically within a few hours. Pricing and delivery time estimates are available based on your job through the app or online.