The wet market, dry market and supermarket are destinations for people who need goods and products for their daily consummation. These places are often crowded because indeed, everyone needs food.
Among the many types of food, people seek aftermarkets is seafood. Aside from chicken, pork and beef, seafood is essential to the body and a favorite among households.
Because of today’s busyness and a lot of inconveniences, many seafood business owners have brought their stores online, allowing the accessibility and availability of fresh seafood delivery.
If you are an owner of a fresh seafood online store, you know there are many things to consider, and one of them is sanitation. It could be one of the reasons why many are hesitant to buy seafood online; they have trust issues, especially because they most likely cannot personally see the seafood they want to order. Well, you have to assure them of a clean delivery by actually showing them how it is done. To help you with that, below are 7 must-haves for a sanitary seafood delivery!
 RIGHT GARMENTS AND ACCESSORIES
All the staff who pack, seal and bring the seafood orders must be wearing the right garments that will eliminate the risk of possible contamination due to human particles such as sweat, saliva, dirt, hair and many more.
Other garment categories and accessories such as hair nets or hair caps, gloves and masks are helpful. These prevent human wastes to fall on seafood and even on the packagings; as you know, there could be very sensitive customers who get irritated and who would complain from seeing a small hair on the outer part of their food packaging. Be extra careful and clever.
 CLEAN CONTAINERS
All the containers, ice chests, pails, storage boxes and whatever type of vessel there is must be sanitized and even sterilized before use. Doing so will ensure that the fresh seafood will still be freshly and cleanly arriving at their soon-to-be owners.
Even if the staff might seem in a hurry, still do not skip washing the seafood containers. If you do, your seafood might acquire the dirt and bad odor from the vessels.
If the containers were just taken out from the storage rooms, clean them well, taking off the dust and rust which might have developed. On the other hand, if they were just used from a previous delivery, tidy them up thoroughly, leaving no remains of wetness and other seafood portions.
 PRESENTABLE CARRYING EQUIPMENT
Carrying equipment like delivery carts should be kept clean because you use them to personally transport the seafood from the source to the vehicle and finally, to the houses.
Besides the fact that they must look presentable, carrying equipment should be sanitized, so whatever dirt or fishiness they have will not be obtained by the seafood and/or their containers.
 DISINFECTED DELIVERY VEHICLE
The vehicle to be used in delivering the seafood must be disinfected as much as necessary. That is vital to eliminate any bacteria and to prevent the growth of them.
Of course, the vehicle becomes moist too due to the seafood you transport, and bacteria tend to build up in wet areas and items. That might lead to food poisoning when they affect the food you put in it.
Keep the vehicle away from pests like cockroaches, rats, worms, termites and also ants. You are delivering seafood, and they might be highly attracted to these. From time to time, see to it that your delivery vehicle gets cleansed too.
 PROPER TIME MANAGEMENT
Manage your time wisely because as a store providing fresh seafood delivery, you are expected to bring the food the people need at the time they should have received it already.
Take note of the schedule, the expected travel time, the travel distance, the traffic and the unexpected and unknown occurrences that might spring up.
In that way, you can still allow time for cleaning your materials and your vehicle in case you need to before going for your next delivery. At the same time, you can be calm and at ease that the freshness will not suffer.
 CUSTOMER INFORMATION
The customer receiving the fresh seafood delivery must be totally informed regarding the materials they must prepare. These might include their own plastic bags or chests. It depends on the seafood they ordered and on the availability of your products.
Just make sure you talk with them clearly, so no inconvenience will be met once you arrive at the place. It’s for the comfort and benefit of both parties.
 CAREFUL HANDLING
Handle the seafood carefully to avoid dropping them, spilling them and many other mishaps. Of course, skills are very important just as carefulness also is!
SEE YOUR SEAFOOD BUSINESS
It takes a lot of effort to earn the trust of people who are used to going to the market for them to buy seafood online. This is food, and not like any other material like clothes, shoes and toys; people are more assured that they are not deceived when they actually see and touch their product.
This is the challenge faced by owners of fresh seafood stores online. Some people are not easily convinced, especially when it comes to freshness and sanitation. That is why as an owner or a staff of an online store that sells seafood, you should triple your efforts in showing outstanding performance, leading to excellent results. Take your fresh seafood to their houses as fresh and as clean as they should be. In that way, customers will know they can rely on you and order again.
Moreover, a clean seafood delivery is crucial not only because it will speak a lot about your store name’s image and reputation but also because it is a chief factor in the health of everyone who will eat your goods. Improper delivery strategies can lead to staleness and dirtiness of seafood.
Keep in mind to always see how your business is going not just financially but sanitarily too. Make your customers and potential regular clients happy and proud, thankful and healthy.
Nicole Ann Pore believes that freshness of what people eat is always important not only because of the experience but also of its health implications. She writes about matters that revolve around fresh seafood and the market industry. Nicole is a daytime writer for Manettas Seafood Market Australia, an online and interactive seafood market allowing accessibility to the highest quality seafood from Australia and abroad. | Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.