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 Brokers who do not even own the banana box loads they are trying to peddle to you!
Let’s 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 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 you 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 load including details about quantities and product age. Suppliers who have physical product usually have long standing clients who buy and a regular basis. This 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 when loads come in to take what is available. Salvage food loads can be tough to secure and especially tough to get on a regular basis.