Posts Tagged "ordering pallets"

Salvage Food Reader Question

By on Mar 20, 2011 in Questions | 0 comments

We have a question today from a blog reader who purchased their first load of salvage food; his name is Antonio, and he writes: “Hello, I have been reading your blog for sometime now and I have a question about our first 12 pallets of salvage food we bought last week. Let me give you a little background information about our business…My wife has owned a trendy little clothing boutique here in Vero Beach for sometime and we had the opportunity to lease the adjacent store front this month with the intent to start a small salvage food store. The store is approximately 1200 square feet and we feel it will fit right in within others stores, here at the plaza. It was my idea to start this discount food store after careful research of the salvage food industry. Here is my question: we just bought our first load of inventory, which was twelve pallets and I must say it has taken a lot of time to sort and price the grocery items…how do we know when to reorder? Should we get started on our next purchase or wait a week or two? Answer: Congratulations is in order for your new store, and I wish you and your wife all the success hard work brings! It is not possible to give you a definitive answer as far as when to reorder as it will depend on several factors including: Inventory Mix – If your first twelve pallets of salvage food arrived with a good product mix (assortment of various staple grocery items) your opening inventory should be fine. But, if the first load was not very assorted you might consider a quick reorder to even out your stores’ inventory. Store Traffic – Take into consideration how many customers you have on a daily basis to decide when to reorder your next load of salvage food. Obviously, if your store is constantly experience heavy traffic, stock levels will give you a clear indication of when it is time to reorder. I would say, on average, a store with moderate traffic will reorder a new load about every 12-15...

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Open a Salvage Food Store With One Load

By on Jan 9, 2011 in Opening a Store | 2 comments

I was reviewing available loads of salvage food and the question came up from one of our blog readers: Is it possible to start a salvage food grocery store with a single load of product? The short answer is yes, it is certainly possible depending on the size of the load you purchase and its mixture of merchandise. Most loads of banana box salvage food come un-manifested, meaning you have no clue as to the pallet or truckloads’ contents. With uncertainty, you should opt for larger loads to get the best merchandise mix. Take for example a load available today from the supplier GDC Commodities Exchange, here in California. The load they are offering consists of 1152 banana boxes filled with salvage food for a total price of $15,500.00. They are advertising the load as a mixture of salvage food, HBA (health and beauty aids), Pet Food and general merchandise. You could open a store with this load, but there are some issues to take into consideration… The shear size of this load will take a lot of processing room. 48 pallets is a huge undertaking. You will need to sort and categorize the load before merchandising in your store. I am always advocating plenty of back-store processing room for salvage food stores. We are talking a single 53 foot truck filled with pallets! If you can properly categorize the load once delivered, a shipment this size can be used to open and restock within 1-2 weeks. You will need a forklift and pallet jack to process this load. If delivered in a 53 foot truck, most do not come with a...

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