3 Ways To Improve Your Refrigerated Delivery Service
Joe Dickman | July 20th, 2022
Food must be transported from farms to markets to make it available to the public. To ensure that goods remain fresh and ready for customers, you need to have adequate transportation with the proper equipment. These three ways to improve your refrigerated delivery service can help you grow your business and deliver an experience above the competition.
Time and Distance
Delivering different products to various locations can be challenging, especially when transporting fresh vegetables and fruits. To make the most of your time and gas, you want to plan the best route to deliver products to different locations.
Assess which locations are closer to you that need perishable products, and then trace a map to other sites where products like frozen meat or chicken can last longer. If there is only one place where you need to deliver all the produce, then choose the earliest time in the morning possible to avoid the heat.
Choose the Right Transportation
Depending on your business, you have different options for transporting fresh products, beverages, frozen goods, and other food items. Choosing the right vehicle will ensure that you deliver everything in the best possible condition.
For products like canned or bottled beverages, you need a beverage delivery truck with particular adaptations to keep drinks organized and protected from shaking.
You can choose from different sized trucks to cover your needs. There are many makes and models if you are particular about a brand, but the overall result will be similar. You can also opt for train transportation, but eventually, you will need smaller trucks for delivery.
Keep it Clean
Maintaining high levels of cleanliness in the vehicle will ensure that the products arrive in optimal conditions, especially when dealing with food. Cross contamination commonly occurs when dirty products sit beside clean ones without room to spare.
To improve your refrigerated delivery service, clean the refrigerator and the truck in between loads. This will prevent bacteria and contamination. You must take special care when dealing with food because it must be stored safely. Always disinfect the products before transporting them.
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What is the difference between GVW and payload?
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