Grocery distribution is simply the dispersion of produce/ goods to retail stores as well as grocery stores. Grocery distribution is usually done by distributors who deliver them to the stores.
How does the product get to the grocers? You may ask.
Well, different products have a different shelf life depending on the kind of goods they are. For instance, fruits and vegetables have a short life span compared to canned goods and groceries like cleaning products.
With this, groceries with short life span are often times ordered from local farmers who grow them in their season rather than from their normal distributors.
Meats and poultries are as well perishable goods and delivered on a regular basis in smaller quantities than goods with a long shelf life.
However, sourcing for groceries through a distributor is the best for you as a grocer since it may at times be more difficult getting your products from their manufacturers due to the quantities involved.
Grocery distribution involves a supply chain network. This supply chain involves the distribution of goods from the producer to the manufacturer, wholesalers, distributors and then to retail stores such as grocery stores. The existence of these supply chains makes it easier for producers and manufacturers to focus on their strength of producing goods rather than also finding means to sell their products.
It also helps to reduce costs on the part of the manufacturers and producers and remain at a competitive advantage in the business line. Not to forget, it also encourages a faster production cycle. A supply chain in grocery distribution includes; product development, marketing, distribution and customer service.
Customer service is vital in grocery distribution, as there may need to make a first-time customer see the reason a product should be bought, since it’s a competitive market. Most times, people stick to one who treats them well. I, as a person, would continually buy from a distributor who attends to me, appropriately.
When delivering a food product, it is best to use a local delivery service. They’d help pick up and deliver your food product, saving you the stress of doing it yourself.
Generally, grocery distributors are into the delivery of groceries from manufacturers, processors to service operators such as grocery stores, restaurants, cafeteria and the likes. As we know, grocery distributors purchase products directly from their manufacturers and sell directly to grocers and retail stores.
Grocery distributors are the ones that handle transporting and storing of products before they are bought by their customers. The storing of these products is done by using a warehouse, or a truck to store the products before their disbursement.
The use of supply chain in grocery distribution has made it easier to get products to their end users in no time and has even created jobs for the distributors. It has also minimized stress of getting goods directly from the manufacturers.