Posts Tagged "Salvage Food Brokers"

Investigating Salvage Food Suppliers

By on Dec 9, 2010 in Opening a Store | 0 comments

Stocking your salvage food store can be frustrating as supplies of banana box groceries can be few and far between. Full truckloads do not sit very long and often when you call your salvage food supplier, a load will be gone. It is best to establish a regular schedule of purchasing and build a relationship with you supplier so he knows you will take a load each week, every two weeks etc. How do you find a reputable supplier, there are so many out there. Who can you trust? Lets look at a few steps to take when investigating a new salvage food supplier Check references – When calling a new Salvage food supplier on the initial contact ask for references. Make sure you get full names and phone numbers of those who purchase ongoing and then call these individuals. Ask them about their experience buying Banana box grocery loads from this particular supplier. Topics you should ask about include: Quality of loads, time in transit (freight) and overall satisfaction concerning past transactions. Visit the warehouse – If you live relatively close, you should visit a prospective salvage food supplier’s warehouse to visually inspect loads and get a feel for how their operation is run. Check for things like cleanliness and business organization. Make sure to meet the entire staff if possible. Sometimes a visit is very telling and can give you a feel for whether or not a business is legitimate. Sometimes a supplier will ship a load of banana box pallets direct from a reclamation center; in this case you may not have access to the warehouse. Check for complaints online – Google the salvage food suppliers name and add the term complaints to your query. People who have been unhappy with a historical purchase might offer reviews of the suppliers’ service. This information could become valuable to you prior to a...

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Two Types of Banana Box Suppliers

By on Nov 4, 2010 in Purchasing | 1 comment

Searching for Salvage food suppliers online can be a daunting task as who do you really know? Can you trust the source that claims ongoing, in-date banana box groceries? Throw into the mix the simple fact that some suppliers are actually Brokers who do not even own the banana box loads they are trying to peddle to you! Lets review the two types of salvage food suppliers: The salvage grocery Broker – The broker is someone who gets a “hot sheet” listing available salvage food loads and then marks up the cost by a percent or flat fee and then sells the load to you the buyer. When you, the buyer, pays for your purchase the broker then buys/secures the load and then helps arrange shipping to your location. What if by the time you buy a particular load it is no longer available from the broker’s supplier? This happens all the time as salvage food loads are in demand and loads sell out quickly. Your Broker in this example would then come back to you and try to sell a different load with an attempt to save the sale. Once you wire cash to a broker it can be very difficult, if not impossible, to get your money back. Delays can ensue when the broker scrambles to find another load for you. This can become a nightmare as your are out cash and have no inventory to resell. The warehousing salvage food supplier – This is often deemed the best source to buy from as this supplier can offer important information about each particular load including details about quantities and product age. Suppliers who actually have physical product usually have long standing clients who buy and a regular basis. This in itself can be troublesome for someone new trying to break into the salvage food reselling business because loads are often “spoken for” before they become available to small buyers. Banana box stocking suppliers simply have open orders to ship loads to regular clients and that can leave you as a new buyer out in the dark. Once you find a good source for salvage food make sure you establish yourself as an ongoing buyer and be ready...

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