Foodstuffs are a special, sensitive kind of merchandise, especially due to their impermanence, limited shelf life and short expiry date. Transporting foodstuffs demands an extraordinary fleet and an exceptional care.
In Poland there is still a very fragmented ownership of transportation services: there are about 43 thousands of transporting and logistic companies, out of which just 1 per cent owns a fleet of vehicles larger than 50 units. In spite of this, the increase of profits and profitability of the companies reaches about 15 per cent annually, whereas the increase of transport of commodities is estimated at more than 5 per cent annually.
Lots of distribution centers spring up around big cities, from which smaller trucks deliver – autotankers commodities to shops and shopping centers. Either producers of foodstuff or chains of supermarkets make use of unitized transport systems.
One of the most often services provided by us is the delivery directly from the distribution centers to supermarkets in controlled temperature from +2 to +6 Celsius degrees. Very popular are also services named “door to door”, which means organizing of transport from producers to recipients – says Tomasz Olenderek, the manager of Fresh Logistics Company.
In Poland price is still a very important factor during the choice of logistics operator. From the other hand, companies more and more often tend to pay attention to details such as meeting the deadlines, completeness of deliveries and reliability of the logistics companies. More and more producers, importers and exporters notice that a considerable impact on the quality of their products have processes connected with transport and storage. If everything proceeds correctly and according to the standards, products retain their freshness and high quality for a long time.
Safety is the most important.
A lot of European standards demand the constant supervision from the moment of obtaining raw materials up to its usage and so producers of foodstuffs have to submit to laws. These issues are regulated among others by the road transport law and requirements of quality systems (for example HACCP) . For our clients who produce and distribute food articles we realize transport mainly using food tank trucks and refrigerator trucks – informs Adam Lechna, a board member of Equus Group, responsible for relationships with clients. Transport of foodstuffs with these kinds of vehicles guarantees the fulfillment of the most important criteria on the market of food transport services – criterion of safety.