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    Most supermarkets here in Metro Manila rely on the fresh vegetables of Baguio City which is about 6 hours away by truck. Most deliveries of vegetables were done at night because night travel is faster in terms of traffic condition. However, there are many problems encountered in the trip like accidents, breakdowns, arrests (for extortion sometimes) and some other unforeseen problems that may occur. On suggestion is to use small trucks for traveling so it will be faster and easier to manage. They are doing it now - small and big trucks for delivery.

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    I think this is the right way to go about it here because of all the local disadvantage a you've mentioned, and not having a completely reliable system for big trucks can prove to be disadvantageous especially for those who are not as established and might not have as much resource to bypass such obstacles.

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    A key problem that businesses run into with this is that perishable goods often require twice the cost in shipment. The reason is that you're paying for refrigeration and special packaging in addition to the gas and truck maintenance and care. If you don't factor in refrigeration (which can easily cost as much as gas), you may end up in the hole. Another issue is that often businesses are buying these trucks on credit and don't in fact own them yet. So if you run into an accident on a vehicle that hasn't been paid off, it's going to be an issue. Finally, there are regulations in place that require certain treatment of perishable items, and it's punishable by law to break the rules and put customers at risk. So perishable goods is always going to be a risky business. But it can be worth it if the demand is high enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    A key problem that businesses run into with this is that perishable goods often require twice the cost in shipment. The reason is that you're paying for refrigeration and special packaging in addition to the gas and truck maintenance and care. If you don't factor in refrigeration (which can easily cost as much as gas), you may end up in the hole. Another issue is that often businesses are buying these trucks on credit and don't in fact own them yet. So if you run into an accident on a vehicle that hasn't been paid off, it's going to be an issue. Finally, there are regulations in place that require certain treatment of perishable items, and it's punishable by law to break the rules and put customers at risk. So perishable goods is always going to be a risky business. But it can be worth it if the demand is high enough.
    Over here, most refrigerator trucks are hired by small suppliers of perishable goods like chicken meat or dairy products. A refrigerated truck is expensive and not easy to maintain hence only big corporations own those kind of delivery trucks. I know an employee of a truck hire company that has several refrigerated trucks. What's good in their scheme is that they agree on a consignment basis, meaning they pay the delivery charges when the customer had paid the products delivered.

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    Add to this the fact that some things shouldn't be transported long distances to begin with and you get a completely different picture of what is going on. Profit driven bastardization of food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nytegeek View Post
    Add to this the fact that some things shouldn't be transported long distances to begin with and you get a completely different picture of what is going on. Profit driven bastardization of food.
    The Philippines is an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands so it is obvious that the economic activities are centralized in Metro Manila. For the goods that are coming from Metro Manila, they have to be transported to the provinces via the method called RO-RO (roll on, roll off) using buses and container vans that are transported (the vehicles and containers) on barges or boats since it is an island-hoppping. For example, cake items and ice cream are transported that way which takes more than 2 days at the most.

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    I recommend contacting a company that provides refrigeration transportation cargo shipping services.

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