Sales of olive oil from The Village Press commenced in July and other food producers interested in the USA are welcome to apply.
Not all food products are suitable for exporting with World Wide Access; we are able to handle food products that can be stored in standard warehouses for 12 months, and which are suitable for courier-delivery to end customers.
Glass bottles, for all their benefits for storing liquids, aren’t well-suited to large-scale e-commerce because the automated fulfilment and delivery services preferred by World Wide Access do not accept glass containers for fear of breakage interrupting warehouse operations. Glass-packaged items can be exported, but the extra costs involved in their handling make them a less attractive proposition for customers.
As an example, The Village Press’s bag-in-a-box olive oil packaging is ideal for the American market because it’s not fragile, it can be handled efficiently with automated order pick-pack-dispatch systems, and being of a larger capacity it offers excellent value to customers. With its highly efficient order fulfilment operations, World Wide access is able to offer 1 litre of The Village Press premium New Zealand extra virgin olive oil at a price of just $25 including free delivery nationwide in the USA. By comparison the typical 250ml glass bottle of olive oil familiar to most New Zealand supermarket shoppers would cost almost as much for one-quarter the quantity once handling and delivery costs are taken into account.
Requirements for Foods, Beverages & Temperature-Sensitive Products
Food and beverage products exported to the USA with World Wide Access must meet these requirements, which also apply to any non-food product that is sensitive to temperature:
- Products exported with World Wide Access should have a shelf-life of at least 12 months and ideally 2 or more years.
- Products that can expire must have the expiry date printed both on the master carton in large print and on the individual units.
- For the American market, expiry dates must be in the MM-DD-YYYY date format.
- We can not yet support products that require refrigeration or products that might melt in warm temperatures.
- Temperatures from 10°C (50°F) to 37°C (100°F) might be encountered during product export, storage or delivery. Temperature-sensitive products must be able to withstand that temperature range for the duration of the product’s shelf life without adversely affecting product quality.
- Products must be fully enclosed and sealed in their packaging.