looking to start a reefer LTL company

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  1. dirtyrider

    dirtyrider Bobtail Member

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    i am a former broker but looking to start my own thing on east coast. noticed that lots of food companies want to ship 1-2 pallets of product and not enough for an entire FTL. reefer sprinter vans seem to be my option considering im starting out by myself.

    anyone have any experience or advice? best types of reefer sprinter vans to purchase/lease?
     
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  3. Sloride71

    Sloride71 Bobtail Member

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    I can't say that I have experience but I have been curious and done some research on this kind of thing myself. seems like it could be a good thing for sure.
     
  4. Gearjammin' Penguin

    Gearjammin' Penguin "Ride Fast-Truck Safe"

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    Temp-controlled LTL kind of already exists, it's called foodservice. But there may be a niche market in dock-to-dock delivery that I'm unaware of. I'm subscribing to this thread and hoping more knowledgeable folks will chime in.
     
  5. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    Well, what you're thinking of is the distributor delivering their own product, like Sysco. That's a bit different than the LTL game as you and I know it with a reefer attached.
     
  6. Gearjammin' Penguin

    Gearjammin' Penguin "Ride Fast-Truck Safe"

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    Not really. There are tons of FS outfits that don't deliver their own product.
     
  7. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    Core mark is for hire?
     
  8. Cardfan89

    Cardfan89 Medium Load Member

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    Pfg just bought them out im pretty sure.
     
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    asphaltreptile311 Heavy Load Member

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    How much of these partials are produce? As a broker im sure you know how funny that whole deal can get
     
  10. Gearjammin' Penguin

    Gearjammin' Penguin "Ride Fast-Truck Safe"

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    They don't deliver Core Mark Brand foodstuffs, is what I mean. They deliver name-brand supplies, whether they buy them at wholesale or contract with the makers, IDK.
     
  11. Western flyer

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    How you gonna load pallets in a sprinter van.
    The equipment you need is totally irrelevant.
    You couldn't pay me or most other drivers enough money
    To do multiple LTL stops with a reefer.
    That's nothing but multiple problems all day long.

    It's sounds good on paper.
    But there's a reason nobody does it.
     
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