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Okay, so I’m looking out the window of the 31st floor, the den for a hundred or more stock brokers all working the phones and watching the zig- and-zag of stock movements across a banks of monitors…and I’m thinking about the my next 50 phone calls I gotta make to help me make quota, something I’ve not done for the two weeks I’ve been here.

Then, I get the phone call.

“I’ve gotta a deal on a whole lot of FCOJ,” said the caller without identifying himself. I thought nothing of it and was kind of glad I had this special caller with maybe a deal that only I might know about.

“Give me some more,” I said bravely.

“How ‘bout the whole darn lot. But you’ve gotta act fast, because if you don’t wanna buy, I’ll call the next guy,” he said.

I was fumbling around on my keyboard to re-boot my darn system and I didn’t want to lose this deal of deals. What the heck, I mean, I’m sure I’d be buying this full lot of FCOJ stock at a great discount with enough
spread to pass it along to some of my cold call prospects.

Go for it, I told myself. I need this FCOJ deal badly.

“Alright. I’ll take the whole darn lot, but this better be a hopping deal or I won’t trade with you again,” I said it with vim and was sure he thought I was a seasoned broker.

On my way into work the next day, the sight unfolding outside the entrance to the office tower was unsettling, to say the least. Two semi trucks were parallel parked and I knew the delivery was for me. The signage on the trucks read, “Buy the premium Juice, Frozen Concentrate Orange Juice

When I got off the elevator, I knew I wouldn’t have to worry about making quota anymore. In fact, I was not even SALVAGE. I was a FREEZE DRIED FRUIT and might as well go back to my job at the GROCERY store.

Well, I didn’t bother going to my desk as I couldn’t get to it anyway. In fact, the whole darn office was milling around the hallways and everyone was asking, “Who ordered all this damn OJ?!!”

The next best thing for me was when I clicked on contact us and I really put my SURPLUS ITEMS experience to work.

Every day you receive merchandise at your business.  Most of it comes on pallets.  The pallets come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from paper to wood, plastic to aluminum.  Some are disposable, some are recyclable and others are quite expensive.

It’s sometimes hard to know what to do with them.  Here are some guidelines to help you determine what to do with all those pallets.

Types of Pallets

Softwood pallets – These pallets vary in size.  They’re simple stringer pallets and can only be lifted from two sides.  These pallets are inexpensive and can be disposed of after use.

Four-Way Pallets – These pallets also vary in size but are made of hardwood.  Standard grocery pallets measure 40 x 48.  These pallets can be lifted from all four sides and can accommodate heavier loads than the softwood pallets.  These pallets generally require a deposit and are either returned to the sender, exchanged on a one-to-one basis or resold as used pallets.

Paper Pallets – Paper pallets are lightweight and easy to handle.  They are often used for light loads.  These pallets are 100% recyclable.

Plastic pallets – Plastic pallets are often made of HDPE or recycled PET (water bottles).  Although more expensive than wooden pallets, they’re long-lasting, durable and recyclable, so they can be sent to a recycling center for credit.

Metal pallets – Metal pallets are strong and durable.  Often used in warehouses or factories to store heavy products.  They can be made of steel or aluminum.  These pallets are recyclable but they are estimated to last at least 15 years.

The types of pallets you receive and what you do with them will often depend on your suppliers.  But there are always the stray pallets that tend to accumulate around your business and take up valuable space.

These descriptions should help you decide what to do with them. To speak to a surplus grocery/excess inventory veteran, call 800-808-6745 and contact us for all your grocery needs today.

Have you ever gone to Cost Plus World Market and enjoyed walking in the aisles of food from other countries.  Maybe you have bought Baci Chocolates by Paugina for your loved one on a special occasion or just because you love them.  How about grinding some fresh Parmagiano cheese over your favorite dish of pasta?  We can’t forget the wines!  There is nothing like having a good bottle of French or Italian wine with your meal.  You know who we have to thank for all of these delicious foods and wines we get to enjoy here in America?

The import & export companies are the ones who brings us fruit and wines from Chile, Brie Cheese from France, Mozzarella di Bufala and prosciutto from Italy.  Import and export companies are so important in the way we live.  The import is important because it allows us to get things that our country doesn’t produce such as special spices, grains and fruits.  Imports allows us to experience the tastes and flavors of other countries.

Since the United States is such a melting pot of cultures it also helps those who are from other countries to continue to enjoy their favorite foods here in the U.S. We also import other products such as clothes, shoes, cars, electronics, housewares and much more.  If you look around you, so much of what you own has been imported from somewhere.

What about the export side?  How important is that part to our economy? According to Trading Economics, as of April 2012 the U.S. export was worth $182.9 billion.  Exports are goods that are sent to another country for sale.

According to Emilia Istrate from the Atlantic, right now American exports only account for about 13 percent of the American economy. The Canadian derives 30 percent of its GDP and Germany pulled itself out of a recession by having half of its economy from exports.  America needs to continue to explore new avenues for exporting so we never become complacent with being the third- largest exporter.

If we are actively looking for countries that are growing and are opening a market for our goods and services, we are investing in the future of our country’s economic health by exporting to these countries.  We produce a lot of things that other countries would like we just have to keep networking and finding those new opportunities.

Import and export benefits both other countries and America. We help build each other’s economy while enjoying what the other countries produce.  If imports were to stop, people would miss so many things from products for the home, apparel, cars, foods and wines that we enjoy every day and at times take for granted.

If export were to stop, our economy would be suffering so much more than it is now. Yes, we need to buy Made in the USA but also support other countries as well so we can keep those lines of trade open.

If you would like more information about where to buy imported foods and wines contact us.