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Business Idea: Direct Grocery Retailer

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Do you have a passion for food and a love of saving money? If you've ever wished you could combine those two things into a successful business, it may be easier than you think.

Business owners around the United States have found a way to bring quality food products directly to consumers without the expense of opening a brick-and-mortar grocery store. And they’re even saving their customers money in the process.

Companies like Zaycon Foods, which was started in 2010 in Washington state, deliver meat, produce and other products in bulk at wholesale prices to locations across the U.S.

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Zaycon and other such companies ask customers to register online based on their geographic location. When enough people in a given location sign up for their bulk-delivery service, Zaycon hosts a delivery event in that area. The company typically sets up shop in a large parking lot and customers come pick up their preordered goods without ever having to exit their vehicles.

And Zaycon isn’t alone in the virtual bulk market. Azure Standard, a wholesale distributor of natural products, delivers to specific drop points all over the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest and California. And Door to Door Organics, a company based out of Ottsville, Penn., offers their services to those living in the tristate area.

This increasingly popular distribution model could be just the thing a savvy entrepreneur needs to get his business off the ground. Whether you want to sell organic produce , bulk grains or specialty items, this cooperative model takes a lot of the guesswork out of locating your customer base.

And you don’t need to deliver products all over the country. Zaycon might deliver nationally now, but it first started distributing bulk meat only to residents of Washington state.

If you’re a skilled negotiator and you relish the idea of working directly with farmers or other food producers, then this business idea might be the one for you. And the best part? Your market research will probably include a lot of delicious deliveries.

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Elizabeth Peterson

Elizabeth writes about innovative technologies and business trends. She has traveled throughout the Americas in her roles as student, English teacher, Spanish language interpreter and freelance writer. She graduated with a B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University. 

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