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Politicians, scientists, and philanthropists voiced their opinions on the best venture of the 20th century, they surprisingly agreed on one recipient. What was it? The dollar store of course!

Once a novelty of the ’50s when the geniuses at Dollar General got the ball rolling, dollar stores now dot our landscape. Wherever our nation’s proudest monuments stand and most celebrated landscapes repose, you can be guaranteed to find everything you need for a buck.

Big Lots, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Meijer, and Menards are the heavyweights if you are looking for a resourceful place to unload all of your pennies. And don’t worry if you have coffee cans of pennies saved up because these stores are really jam-packed with goods.

Here is some of what you can buy (big breath): gum, candy, nuts, marshmallows, chocolate bars, chocolate syrup, chocolate cereal, nacho cheese, pork rinds, moist towelettes, towels, socks, underwear (male, female, child, and sometimes for the dog), bathrobes, soap, shampoo, shower curtains, shower caddies, shower radios, bathroom scales (another big breath), toilet bowl brushes, toilet bowl cleaners, CD’s, DVD’s, TV’s, couches, hammocks, boys’ toys, girls’ toys, baby toys, luggage, fake plants, real plant food, lawn mowers, grills, Valentine’s Day stuff, St. Patrick’s Day stuff, Easter stuff, Fourth of July stuff, Halloween stuff, Thanksgiving stuff (one last breath), Christmas stuff, and magnets. Note: this list is meant to be representative, not comprehensive.

In other words, Lakeside Food Sales scours the globe for anything and everything that people have too much of, don’t need anymore, or oddly enough think is out of style. If it’s canned, pickled, freeze dried, shrink wrapped, boxed up, and generally packaged like it’s Midas’s gold, you’ll find it for a buck. Guaranteed. Lakeside Food Sales (don’t let the name fool you — they cart it all) are masters of importing here and exporting there until it all lands under one roof.

If you have goods you want gone, please contact us so we may sell them for a buck.

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.

'Obsolete inventory' and the picnic plannerBoy, don’t we know how tough it is out there with businesses trying to stay above water…and even trying their hardest to put on a good show at their annual shindigs. Gotta give some credit to those decision-makers who want to go forth with the traditional company gatherings.

Take the big summer BBQ. Golly, it doesn’t take too many gelds to rent a park, but when you start adding up the food for 350 attendees, you’re into next year’s budget.

Furthermore, if you grab your shopping cart to load up at the name-brand grocery store you’re going to be spending part of the profit-sharing you’re hoping the company will eek out this year.

Not to worry. Adjust your thinking and earn the praise of your CFO. After all,  you’ve been the event planner for the past 35 years, and you’ve not missed a year in pulling off this much-anticipated summer frolic. OK, the last couple of years, you should up a day late…but chalk it up to a senior moment.

This year, though, is different. You discovered a super-duper retailer, Big Lots, that just opened in your area and you were as excited as punch to make your list and see all the savings going back into the company.

But buying “seconds” or  “closeouts” for the company picnic?  Well, think about it. In the first place, we’re not talking about leaking cans of orange juice or stale food lying about in broken boxes. No siree Bob. You see, when you’re talking about surplus goods, you’re dealing with a company that maybe needed to get rid of excess inventory, or maybe there was a package change that forced them to move the goods.

OK, so when I sat down to talk to the company president and his CFO and told them how excited I was to go and buy obsolete inventory, they came back with what I would call harassing comments.

“Obsolete?? If you think I’m going to feed our employees obsolete food, then, well….you’re obsolete,” said Fred the president.

“Yeah,” rejoined Cal the CFO, looking up from his 10-key.

Well, I pulled it off, and the food was beautiful with stuff like Del Monte pears, Dole fruit cocktail (who doesn’t love a can of this while watching Lawrence Welk?), Tropicana Orangeade Light and even something for me — the Del Monte Mixed Vegetables….on a plastic plate, I might add.

I retired at the end of the BBQ, actually after I ate my mixed veggies. But be sure to go to the contact us link to find out a lot more about all the distribution channels and excess inventory sales just waiting to make your next event a real…picnic.

chinese-herbal-medicine-to-treat-autoimmune-disordersBoy, do I feel silly. I left a trail of Tweets about how I was going into the freeze dried fruit business. Hey, I’ve done lots of things over the years, and managed to make a lot of money along the way. Nothing was going to keep me away from my latest brainstorm.

So, I loaded my van up down by the river six or eight times with boxes of ‘cots and prunes, after having five humongous freezers delivered to my home — it’s a 900 square foot condo on the ground floor. Man, I had all those box freezers all up to maximum temperature by the time I rolled in at midnight.

Well, I was up ‘till about 3 a.m. working on all those prunes and apricots…pitting, cleaning…pitting…cle…OK, it was a lot of work and I kept all of my social media friends updated on my progress.

Well, for some reason, being a city boy and all, I didn’t get the memo or part about what the “freeze” was in “freeze dried,” or anything about the whole darn process.

Needless to say, the next morning, when I proudly opened up my first freezer to check on my newly “freeze dried fruit,” I was stricken with one big stomach ache — I was looking at a 350-pound chunk of frozen prunes. Man, I thought a damn alien hopped in my freezer and expired or something.

And that wasn’t the only problem. You see, I had contacted hundreds of outlets like Big Lots and grammar and high schools and even the warden who ran our unfenced prison across town to tell them how I could bring them the best darn freeze-dried fruit they’d ever come across.

OMG! You don’t want to have a power outage when you’ve got a half ton of fruit all froze up in freezers encircling yours and three other condos. Whew. It was a veritable river of apricot and prune juice flowing through our nice campus — the dogs and cats loved it, but the owners told me they were up all night with their pets just keeping them comfortable…if you know what I mean.

OK, so this was one of those “hyperboles” to make a point about where to go if you need to stock up on inventory surplus items like Frozen Concentrate Orange Juice (FCOJ…is not a NASDAQ symbol to chase), and excess inventories that are sure to make your purchasing department.

Contact us for the straight-away way to benefit with surplus stock.

buy-cheap-wholesale-productsWe’re going to do a test, OK? I want you to pretend I’m a shrink. You can even lay down on a couch in this exercise. I’m going to say (type) a word, and you’re going to tell me what you think.

Ready?

Dollar Store.

So, what sort of prejudices do you have about dollar stores? Do you think bag-ladies? Do you think sad, down-trodden people who smell like whatever you think dumpster divers smell like? It’s OK, we’ve all been there. But wait until you actually go there, into say Dollar Tree. They aren’t kidding with names here — prices are low and wonderful for customers.

But you don’t want your excess inventory in a poorly lit, sad little store no matter how good the deals are, right? I mean, the economy can’t possibly be awful forever, so even if dollar stores are doing good now, eventually the pride of the people will overrule, right?

But that’s the thing. These dollar stores have heart. They don’t want people to think they’re sad little closeout stores either. So they’ve done some smart things to change how people are thinking about them. They’ve become chain stores, which reminds me of McDonalds. You don’t think of McDonalds as bad food. It’s cheap and it’s yummy, and it’s everywhere. Dollar Trees are going places, too. It’s not really unusual to see them around, so customers don’t shy away like nervous lambs.

But that chain-store effect also means a much cleaner storefront. It means brands a shopper will recognize, too, right before their eyes bug out because they’ve never seen their favorite Arizona tea so cheap. And dollar stores are becoming more like cheap, quick groceries where people can go to a nice store, flair joyously over the prices, and walk out satisfied. These dollar stores are respectable places, not hovels.

See, we can tell you this because we work with them. Lakeside Foods deals with companies like Dollar Tree and other well-known, recognized businesses as a way to help you clear out your surplus.

Do you have a weird number of cans to get rid of? Like 67 to 67,000? That’s what Lakeside Foods is good for: we take your surplus, your wholesale, your excess inventory, and we find it a good home. You clear out your shelves, your product gets a new lease on life, and some customer walks home with a good deal. Sound good? Then how about you contact us.

How often have you found a really good deal on canned goods but because of can dents you passed on the bargain because you believe foods from dented cans are unsafe?  While we have been led to believe this for years the truth is that the majority of foods in dented cans are safe to eat.

Buying dented canned goods can save you money and provide your family with safe, nutritional food.  But how do you know if a dented can is safe?  Use the following tips as a guide to help ensure their safety.

Dented Cans You Shouldn’t Buy:

  • Don’t buy cans that are dented on the top or bottom.  This is where the main seams are located and the can is the weakest.
  • Don’t buy cans with deep, sharp dents.  These can compromise the can and shouldn’t be purchased.
  • Don’t buy a can if it’s bulging.  These are definitely unsafe and contain harmful bacteria.
  • Don’t buy cans that have rust on them.  These can have tiny holes in them that will allow bacteria to get in the food.

How to Choose Dented Cans That Are Safe To Buy:

  • Push on the top, bottom and sides of the can.  If the can moves or pops the seal has been broken and it’s not safe to buy.  If the can is stable and doesn’t move or make any noise the food is safe to use.
  • Make sure the dents are smooth and not too deep.  Cans with dents on the side are most likely safe to eat.

The final check on the integrity of the food in the can will be when you open the can.  If the can sprays or explodes, don’t use it as the food could be contaminated.

It is definitely safe to purchase cans with dents if you follow these guidelines and use them in a reasonable time period; however, that’s what we’re here for so make sure to contact us.

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.