Posted on: 2 February 2023Share
If you want to get a large ice freezer and sell ice outside of your business as an extra way to make money, you will need to find a wholesale ice supplier. You will want to shop around and get the cost of ice, and the cost of delivery. Here are some of the things to ask the supplier before you sign any contracts and before you choose a supplier for your needs.
Delivery Amount Obligations
You don't know how often the ice is going to sell. You can predict that more ice will be in demand during times when temperatures are high, but it may be difficult to give assessments for weekly usage. Ask if you are obligated to a specific amount each week that they deliver, or if you can get the deliveries in increments.
You may be able to set your minimum, and then get more if the driver has extras on hand, or be able to change the amount the day of the delivery if you call in advance. There may be a penalty fee for not being able to maintain your full order.
Proof of Health and Safety Standards
Talk with the wholesale ice supplier about the health and safety standards that are met inside their facility. You want to ensure that you are providing high-quality and safe ice to your customers, and the supplier should be able to provide all of this necessary information.
Talk with the provider about any liability concerns you have. If the ice were to get contaminated in the truck, or if there was a problem at the facility where the ice was created and people end up ill, you don't want to be liable. Be sure that it's in your contract that the supplier will be responsible for all issues concerning the bagged ice and its safety.
Selling ice is a great way to make some extra money at your already-existing business. After a few months, you should be able to see the pattern of sales and demand to make sure you aren't over-ordering.
Have your ice storage equipment properly cleaned regularly to help avoid any type of ice contamination, and also have it checked for temperature accuracy. You don't want to end up with any melting problems. If the demand ends up more than you expected, you can always get a larger ice storage unit and double your orders.
Contact a local wholesale ice supplier to learn more.