Furthermore, to allow the driver to more quickly remove food (getting the door open and shut faster), there is a track system that holds trays, either those made by Equipment Innovators or those from commissary or food providers. The trays slide in and out for speed, but also allow the prepacking of food by location or machine.
Dave Coots, vice president of operations for Williams Food Service, Louisville, Ky., said his company is investigating new models of Omnicubes that allow one portion of the chamber to be opened without opening the whole inside. They would use the combination unit by reorganizing their routes to form dedicated food routes. "The concept is sound. That (dedicated food truck) could be a good thing. The technology is just much better than it was 15 years ago."
For operators looking for larger coolers, Hackney offers integral, built-in refrigeration compartments with capacities of 57 to 90 cubic feet. Designed with a cold plate that plugs in at night, they stay cold all day without an outside power source. The design is available in flow-through, walk-in and can have split cooler and freezer combinations.
Future Custom option: vehicle Tracking
One item SpecialtyTrux will soon be offering its clients is a global positioning system (GPS). "We're working on a deal with a company that will lease the systems to the operator," said Cox. The benefit would come from analyzing where the truck has been, how long it was parked, etc., to increase efficiency as well as record suspicious activity.
In the end, customizing the interior of a vehicle with high-quality material meant to take a beating, hold the weight and adjust to a growing business will save cost in the long run. Between product poundage, route driver ergonomics and efficiently servicing a route, a well-designed interior is worth its price. A last parting thought from Fezell: "You've got so much square footage — whether in a truck or the vending machine — so you need to maximize space for sale."