What Does a Growing Food-Delivery Market Mean for Trucking?
There are few things more convenient than a quick, reliable delivery service. With customer-centric solutions becoming the norm in the world of business, it was only a matter of time before delivery services became even more popular than they already are.
Food delivery has long been a staple of various restaurants, and delivery services in general are offered by many different retailers. But the act of placing an order and getting a load of groceries delivered to the front door is an alluring possibility which will soon become a reality.
Amazon’s recent buyout of Whole Foods means big things for this unique industry. The company has already announced plans to lower prices, and regulators have greenlit the young delivery model.
Amazon isn’t the only retail juggernaut that has thrown their hat into the ring for grocery delivery. Walmart has also been experimenting with a similar model, using Uber drivers to build their fleets and offering delivery services on the same site where pickup options are available.
While grocery delivery is relatively new in the world of retail, truck drivers have been transporting food items for decades. With more competition coming in this area, there are questions about whether or not the freight industry will be affected.
One of the biggest differences between the food transport services of trucking companies and the delivery options of private businesses is that the latter can only travel short distances. Truckers, in contrast, are often expected to bring perishables across long routes.
Not surprisingly, trucks that perform this service are expected to adhere to specific regulations to keep food fresh and safe throughout the duration of the trip. The Sanitary Food Transportation Act is one of the main laws of its kind, providing guidance for things like temperature levels and protection when transporting food items.
This mandate is actually part of a broader act, the Food Safety Modernization Act, which was signed into law on 2011. It marked the first major revision to food safety laws in 70 years. Though the grocery delivery market may be growing substantially, there are still few better ways to deliver perishables over long distances than with commercial vehicles.