Dallas food distribution isn’t as simple as transporting many other types of goods. Medical products are probably the only cargo that’s trickier, and they face similar challenges. The Texas heat, traffic, lack of services capable of handling large loads and questionable handling all pose risks for your business.
Check out these 3 surprising safety facts to make the best choice when hiring a distribution service:
- Traffic Accidents Are Fairly Common
According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there were nearly 500,000 accidents involving large delivery trucks last year, resulting in over 5,000 deaths. Traffic in DFW isn’t the worst in the country, but it poses risks your business doesn’t have to face on its own. At Dallas Courier, we thoroughly vet our drivers’ background criminal and driving history to ensure whoever is behind the wheel has a history of responsibility. You can’t always control what others will do, but it helps to have a team focused on defensive driving.
Accidents aren’t just dangerous. They boost your insurance rates. They can ruin your merchandise and lead to lawsuits as well. Is handling food distribution really worth the risk? Hire a trustworthy service to do the job for you. At our business, for instance, we enjoy a near-100 percent on-time delivery rate for scheduled deliveries in part because our drivers stay safe.
- Contamination Can Come From Vehicles, Loading Equipment and Staff
Food safety consultant Veny Gapud emphasized the importance of clean transportation vehicles in a recent article in Food Safety magazine. Bacteria, mold and parasites can fester in cargo areas. In fact, contamination from dirty rail containers was the reason behind the first food safety laws in the United States. It’s essential that your distribution service has a routine for thoroughly sanitizing fleet vehicles and all of the moving equipment used in managing food supplies.
Gapud goes a step further and asks services to run safety audits on their equipment. Test for cleanliness issues on a random basis, so you’re sure your methods are working.
This is a normal part of the process for a professional organization like Dallas Courier. In addition, we train all of our couriers to be OSHA and HIPAA compliant, so you never have to worry about accidental contamination.
How much time would this cleaning routine and training add to your day? How much expense would it add to your budget? You’ll likely save more by hiring the right company to handle distribution for you.
There’s also the question of how to prevent purposeful contamination. Food fraud is on the rise. Scammers cut baby powder with cornstarch and steal a portion of your shipment to sell illegally. They replace organic foods with the normal pesticide-packed variety. Unscrupulous companies take your goods and modify them before reaching their final destination.
There are many ways food crime puts people at risk. It also places your business in harm’s way. Your best defense? Work with a professional delivery service that employs drivers who care about their performance.
At Dallas Courier, our staff put their best foot forward with:
- Comprehensive background checks
- Professional attitudes and appearance
- Marked delivery vehicles
- “Business casual” uniforms consisting of a navy-blue shirt with an embroidered label and khaki pants
- Professional ID badge
- Smartphone containing all the elements of your order
Unlike at large food distribution companies, our drivers aren’t strangers. Not only do we ensure someone has respectable traits before we hire them, but every point in delivery is trackable. From start to finish, we safeguard your stock.
- Industry Focus on Food Safety Fluctuates With the Economy
Another industry leader, Jorge A. Hernandez, the chief food safety officer for Wholesome International, says the economy has a big impact on food safety. When profits are down, many companies try to cut corners. It’s a driving factor behind the 3,000 people in the U.S. die from foodborne illnesses every year.
Cutting corners in this business can kill people. Distribution plays a role, and high standards must be upheld to ensure consumers - and your business’ reputation - stay safe.
Still looking for a reputable team for you Dallas food distribution service? Give Dallas Courier a call. Dial 972.680.8000 to inquire today.