Posts Tagged "salvage food suppliers"

Locating Salvage Food Supliers

By on Mar 16, 2011 in Opening a Store | 1 comment

One of the biggest questions we encounter here at the blog is related to inventory sourcing, specifically “How do you find salvage food suppliers?” You can search online using the following terms: Salvage food supplier Salvage food wholesaler Salvage grocery supplier Salvage Grocery wholesaler Banana box supplier Banana box pallets Banana box truckloads The web is filled with brokers who are advertising loads of salvage food. It is hard to know who to buy from. Who is legit and who will honestly work for your second order. Once you find a good source for salvage food be sure to nurture the business relationship. We list some of the top salvage food suppliers in our new guide How to Open a Salvage Food Grocery Store. Be sure to check it out as we have put a lot of research into this guide explaining many of the details needed to get your salvage food business...

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Salvage Food Standing Orders For Stock

By on Jan 2, 2011 in Purchasing | 0 comments

I probably don’t have to tell you that securing salvage groceries ongoing can be a problem. Truckloads of salvage groceries sell out very quickly, sometimes it may seem as though you pick up the phone to call your supplier only to find out they are sold out continuously. Salvage food suppliers work with reclamation centers selling available stock, but you should know that loads are being advertised by dozens of salvage food brokers at any one time. As a store owner you must take re-ordering seriously anticipating the future needs of your customers. Without merchandise you have no sales. Many salvage food store operators will setup what is called standing orders with their suppliers. A standing order simply means you will take the next available load within a set price range on a consistent basis. You must make arrangements with your supplier and be ready to pay as loads become available. Most salvage food suppliers accept wire transfers for payment so expect to make regular trips to the bank to pay for your purchases. It is essential to maintain a good working relationship with your supplier so be sure to keep channels of communication...

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Visiting Salvage Food Stores

By on Dec 30, 2010 in Opening a Store | 0 comments

Over the holidays my family visited relatives down in the Bay Area, which has been a tradition for us for many years. I took the opportunity before Christmas to visit a couple of Salvage food grocery stores to check out their operations. I like to assume I am a local customer and try to find out what I like and don’t like about a particular store. The first store was on a busy street corner and to me looked to be about 2,000 square feet in size. There was plenty of parking when I pulled into the parking lot, so I turned the car off and strolled inside. There were plenty of shoppers filling shopping carts in this store aptly named “Dented Discounts”. While strolling through the store I noticed a diverse selection of dry and canned goods. The pricing was really good and I could tell this store had a good source of inventory. It is critical to have good salvage grocery suppliers. This first store I visited was clean and the aisles were well stocked. I was impressed with their operation and could tell the overall business was strong. The second store I visited was a different experience. It was a small cramped store with grocery products that appeared to have spent a great deal of time on the shelves, unsold. The overall store had a bad odor, which immediately gave the impression of spoiled food. The appearance of the store and the overall atmosphere was more than likely the cause of slumping sales. Salvage food already has this connotation of old and expired in many peoples minds and when customers experience a lack of cleanliness, they will avoid shopping all together. After visiting a couple of stores I finished off my holiday visit and returned home a few days later. I would encourage you to take some time and visit salvage food stores in your area if you are thinking of opening your own business. There is a lot of information you can learn from your...

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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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