operate in the market; the hiring and managing of all employees; the purchase or lease and theoperation of all delivery vehicles; the necessary business insurance and certifications necessary
in order to operate legally and responsibly in the market (workman’s compensation, liability,
The LOCATION of the Independent Hub is CRUCIAL to its success, even given that theremay eventually be several SATELLITE locations in outlying areas. The location should meet afew basic, common-sense criteria as it relates to the handling and pick-up of orders in themarket:a.
The location should be NEAR, but not necessarily right ON, a main artery orthoroughfare
somewhere that is CONVENIENT and also SAFE to pull off the roadand into some sort of parking area for quick and efficient pick-up. Our goal is to getan affiliate/customer in and loaded and GONE as soon and as safely as possible. The
possibilities for both location site and type of building are open…it could be an
EMPTY building that can be cleaned up and utilized; it could be an EXISTINGbusiness interested in partnering with us, through the AGREEMENT, to make spaceavailable and to provide room for handling, processing, and pick-up and delivery of grocery orders.b.
The SIZE of the space will depend on the actual location and size of the market,and will depend EVEN MORE on the volume and activity level in the market. Wemight have more business activity in a SMALLER town or city than a larger one
because of the number of ACTIVE AFFILIATES in the area…….so the SIZE of the
location will be driven more by ACTUAL VOLUME than by POTENTIAL. In somecases, 1,500
to 2,000 square feet will suffice, at least to begin……especially if there
are practical options to expand at the same location. In larger markets, it may require3,000 to 5,000 square feet to insure that there is enough room to process more ordersand handle more pick-up and delivery traffic. If you have a question, please send mean e-mail and we will look at the Affiliate/customer activity in the market to helpguide your decision.c.
There ARE some locations that may be available that already have some freezerand/or cooler space in place, which could be considered for an IndependentHub. However, we can also operate successfully in strictly dry, unrefrigerated spacewith the purchase and installation of regular residential refrigerator-freezer units, aswe have done in Orlando. The number of units will be determined by the volume of refrigerated/frozen business done, and can be increased TO A POINT by simplypurchasing and installing more refrigerators as needed.4.
Based on our initial experiences, we suggest that, if you will be LEASING space, youconsider a short-term lease. This will allow you to TEST the location and decide how well itworks to support the business at the outset. Sometimes, you may discover that the location isCLOSE
to ideal, but “NOT RIGHT HERE”; a short
-term lease will allow you to MOVE to amore ideal location sooner, even if the new location is very close.