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A well-designed cart, kiosk, truck or trailer is an absolute must if you want them to be efficient and safe. Careful planning in the design of the unit will save you money and time during the build-out phase and over time will increase your profitability.

A design is primarily dictated by the minimal space you have as well as your required equipment and budget. When designing your unit consider ergonomics as this will always be appreciated by the management and employees.

Design Basics

List Your Menu Items

Prepare a detailed list or menu of all foods you plan to prepare. Describe in detail the method of food storage and preparation. This is one of the most important steps in planning any type of unit and should be done prior to choosing equipment. You do not know what kind of equipment you will need until you have decided on the foods you will prepare. Include all menu items you may wish to add in the future. Proper planning will avoid costly changes you could run into if these changes need to be made after the kitchen has been completed.

List Your Equipment

Create a complete list (including detailed measurements to fit the application) of all equipment you will require for food preparation, refrigeration, and storage. Every single item of equipment must meet commercial health code requirements called NSF. The size and amount of equipment, plus food preparation counter surface, will dictate the amount of space you must have.

If you are building a cart or outdoor kiosk, make sure you check with local government for size restraints. For mall kiosks you should obtain from mall management the planned location of development or LOD for short. When building a used truck or trailer be sure to take exact measurements of the size of the space set aside for the kitchen and serving areas. Make note of existing service windows, doorways, and electrical outlets. Make a sketch of the existing space, making note of the present flooring material, wall and ceiling surface and all heating, exhaust or air-conditioning vents. For a new truck, draw out a rough sketch of the dimensions and special features of the proposed construction of your mobile kitchen. Keep in mind weight and balance that is all equipment cannot go on the same side creating a dangerous situation on the road.

Floor Plan Your Design

Plan how you will use the space within your unit. Consider the equipment inside, ergonomics and the number of operators needed. Your unit should be designed for maximum labor efficiency, safety and functionality. Make sure that there is plenty of room to move about freely when carrying hot items and bulky supplies. If employees do not have to waste time and extra movement completing a task, efficiency is increased, and fatigue and workplace injuries are reduced.

Setup a Review for Your Design with us and others.

Contact your local city or state department tasked with reviewing all mobile units. Make an appointment to review your preliminary plans. Health and fire codes must be met. The unit may need to be remodeled to satisfy requirements. Regulations govern how far a unit must be away from any commissary sinks, restroom facilities, installation of vents, and the size and temperature capacity of tank type & instant hot water heaters. Make sure you receive a printed copy of all rules and regulations prior to designing the unit. Regulations vary from state to state. City or county.

If you do not have the skills to layout your unit incorporating all building and health department rules that apply, we are here to help.

Prior to purchasing equipment or commencing construction, in many municipalities the detailed drawings or blueprints must be reviewed and officially approved by both the health department, building department and fire inspector. In many cities across the country the blueprints must include:

  • Electrical wiring schematics.
  • Fire suppression equipment installation drawings if needed.
  • Plumbing plans.
  • Electrical installation plans.
  • Complete list of all building materials used.

The Bottom Line

We hope these tips will help those of you who want to know how to design a well-thought out Carts, Kiosks, Trucks and trailers.

Helping you start your business and be successful is one of the reasons we started All Star Carts. It does not matter if you are starting from scratch, trying to replace your old kiosk, or expanding your business to a kiosk, we are ready to help you. In addition to helping you create food kiosks, our team can also assist you when you need a merchandise kiosk.

One of the reasons why you should invest in a merchandise kiosk is they allow you to bring your products directly to your customers at any location. You can set your kiosk up in your rented space or you can extend out to one of the other areas if no one is coming near your part of the mall. Furthermore, you can pick up your kiosk, put it on a truck, and move it to another mall if necessary. When you run your own kiosk, you have the ability to move to any location on your own terms.

Our business offers a wide array of features for your mall kiosk, such as a sturdy tubular steel frame, a high-quality wood body, and many display areas to enhance the visual appeal of your products. Contact the team at our business today to learn more about our kiosk building services.

Mall Kiosks

Investing in a food kiosk is an excellent idea for any entrepreneur. These are great starter businesses that can bring you a lot of money. Once you have chosen to create your own kiosk, you need to take the time to build the perfect kiosk for your needs.

There are many issues you should take into consideration when you are building a kiosk. You need to make sure that you have plenty of shelves for storage, the right kind of sinks for your business needs, and plenty of space for your refrigerator. If you are building a kiosk that sells frozen yogurt, you should make sure that you have features like cup dispensers and an area for your yogurt machines. Additionally, you will need to make sure that you have certain required elements if you are starting a franchise business.

When it comes to building quality food kiosks and more, you can trust the team at All Start Carts. Our team of specialists has been making carts for many years and is ready to work with you to meet your needs. Every cart we build is customized to meet your needs. Call us today to ask questions about our services.

Food Kiosks

Mall Kiosks

Running a popular business is exciting, but at some point, you have to consider expanding to meet your customer needs. Instead of opening a whole new location, you should consider investing in a mall kiosk. Here are some of the benefits of choosing these kiosks:

  • Open a Roving Location – The benefit of owning a mall kiosk is that you can quickly move locations when necessary. Whether a new location has opened up that would be great for your business or you are just not getting the right foot traffic in your current area, you can move your kiosk with ease.
  • Offer Seasonal Products – If your business seems to boom during certain seasons of the year, you can open a kiosk to focus on those specific seasonal products. Once the season is over, you can pack up your kiosk and open again next year.
  • Find New Customers – Do you have to turn away customers because your business is busy? With a kiosk, you will be able to serve everyone in a fast and efficient manner.

Count on the team at All Star Carts & Kiosks when you are interested in opening your own mall kiosks. Our team is ready and willing to build the perfect kiosk for your needs.

Food Carts for Sale

Start building your business with a new food cart. Once your cart has been constructed, consider setting it up in the following areas:

  • Business Parks – Working in an office all day is a drag and workers are always looking for something new and exciting for lunch. Speak with the manager of a business park to see if they will allow you to bring your food cart to the area. You can rest assured that plenty of people will be interested in your food. This works exceptionally well for businesses that are not located near many restaurants.
  • Conventions – Next time you hear about a convention in the area, you should consider getting involved. Whether it is a comic book convention or an arts and crafts event, people will be looking for food while they enjoy the day.
  • Outside of Music Clubs – Find out where the big shows are happening and set up shop outside of the event. As the evening rolls on, people who have been drinking all night will want to try something from your food cart.

Build a new food cart when you come to All Star Carts & Kiosks. Our business offers food carts for sale, as well as food trucks, mall kiosks, and more. Contact us today to learn more about our past builds.

Modern marketing means using a variety of avenues to promote your products. Investing in a marketing cart is a great way to get to know consumers and see how they might interact with your products.

  • Understand Your Customers – When you bring a marketing cart out into the world, you can get one-on-one experiences with your potential customers. You get a chance to speak directly to individuals about your products, which can be brought back to your marketing team and taken into account when completing your marketing plans.
  • Build a Buzz – Bringing your products directly to the consumers via a marketing cart allows you to create a buzz about the products you are marketing. When they see the items you have to offer, they will be able to share info on social media, creating interest and brand buzz that is completely free.
  • Reassess Your Products – Are you not 100% sure about the products you are selling? A marketing cart might be a wonderful option for your needs. Whether you are offering a new product from your food line or are presenting a new electronic item, you can see exactly how a regular consumer approaches the item.

Build marketing carts today when you come to All Star Carts & Kiosks. Our business has years of experience building custom carts and is prepared to help you with your new investment.

Building a new business means being flexible in your first year. As a new business, you need to be able to accept changes and go with the flow. Instead of establishing yourself in a physical store, you can invest in mall kiosks from All Star Carts & Kiosks.

Part of owning a business in a mall is being able to move to locations that suit your needs. If an anchor store closes near your business, you will most certainly feel the effects of the closing immediately. Being in a kiosk means you can move to a high traffic part of the mall without a lot of issues. Furthermore, if you have a temporary lease to test out the traffic in a location, you are not forced to stay in the spot you have rented if you do not want to stay. It is all up to you.

From merchandise kiosks to food court kiosks, the team at All Star Carts & Kiosks is here to assist you. Our business can build a quality kiosk that will meet your needs, including steel doors, welded tubular steel frames, custom graphics, and digital signage. All you have to do is let us know what you need and we will start building the perfect kiosk for your needs.

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