Transporting Shelf Stable Items
Along with being able to provide the machines, the vending trucks must be able to transport the food and drink for each type of machine they supply the customer with. To transport your product the vendor needs a truck that is heavy duty enough to handle such loads.
Most vendors have vending trucks that are capable of handling a Gross Vehicle Rating (GVR) of about 12,000 lbs. That is equivalent to a 350 Ford or a 3500 General Motors product. The truck will have a rack to carry the many different products it needs to carry.
Most vending companies will set up their own truck to fit their needs. You can buy boxes that are specifically set up for vendors but be ready to spend in the neighborhood of $30,000 if you elect to go that route.
If you are going to build your own racks keep in mind that product has a tendency to slide around. When I built my racks I built them with wood. Many companies will start with lighter weight angle iron. The angle iron will be used to hold the shelves up. They will also provide the frame to lay plywood in for your shelving.
There are normally two to three shelves per rack. Many vending company items can be stacked on top of each other. If you leave two feet between the shelves you will be able to fit your product on the racks easily. The racks will be attached to the sidewalls of your truck and should have a little slope in the shelf to the outer wall. You will want to leave plenty of room in the center isle for you to be able to pull product.
Vending Company Soda Rack
Soda will be the one item that will require a little different type of shelf. It is very easy to build a soda shelf. Attach a 2x4 to a ¾” sheet of plywood. Cut the plywood the same width as your shelving is. Lay the plywood on the floor with the 2x4 on the floor near the center isle. Butt the other end against the wall of your vehicle. Now you have a rack that slopes to the outer sidewall of your truck.
Your soda will now set on top of this rack. Put some eyebolts on the front side of the rack and the outer wall. Buy some bungee cords to go between your rack and wall eyebolts. After you have your pop loaded you can strap it down to transport it.
Transporting Cold Food
Cold food takes a cooler to be able to transport it safely. Most health inspectors will want to see your transport cooler. There are several types of coolers on the market today.
The most common cooler used by the vendor in their vending trucks is the coolers that are plugged into electricity at night. These coolers are an insulated square box. The cabinet is rugged for traveling. They are built to take the abuse they will receive in the life of vending.
The cooling system is a large plate that is mounted on the inside of the insulated box. It is built out of metal and filled with a gel substance. The Freon line from the compressor (which is normally mounted on top the cabinet) runs through this gel-like substance. The gel is cooled by the Freon line, which keeps the gel cold all day so your food stays cold.
This is the way most vending trucks are set up. I will provide you with some pictures to go along with the words. You know what they say, "a picture is worth a thousand words".
Transporting milk is the most volatile product a vendor transports. It is an item that can’t be left set in a warm room. Once it comes out of a cooler it needs a vendors undivided attention until it enters the cold food vender.
Frozen Food Transportation
Most vendors will load a regular picnic cooler with frozen product to be delivered. The cooler and food are kept in a freezer over night. In the morning the driver will take the cooler with the food already loaded in it out of the freezer and place it in his truck cooler.
This keeps the frozen product in good condition until you reach your customer. There are commercial coolers built specifically for the vending trucks but they are normally over priced for what they can do. For information on how to set up your warehouse
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