armored cars

Armored Cars Business

Armored cars provide efficient protection in high-risk situations. Armored cars are used in military, for transporting money and by civilian to protect themselves. In this article, I will not approach the armor cars for military business but I will focus more on the Armored car for transporting money business and the armored car building for civilians.

Armored cars are constructed to be functional, efficient and above all safe. Armor vans and trucks are constructed on a standard chassis but build to be completely bulletproof and withstand extreme degrees of heat. These cars are designed to resist to attempts of robbery and hijacking.

armored money trucksArmored vans and trucks are used in transporting valuables like large quantities of money from banks and retail stores, education facilities that raise money from fundraisings or cafeteria profits and also by the jewelry industry. Companies like Jared, Kay, Tiffany Co will transport valuable juries to their stores or to the person who ordered it.


quote1                           If you are thinking of getting in a business of armored car transportation,  besides the fact that you need the actual armored cars, you will need to keep in mind some essential things like the insurance policy you will need to have. When you take possession of valuable assets of other companies, you are taking on  a large amount of liability, so you need to make sure that your liability insurance policy has a high limit.

Also, you will need to buy weapons and protective gear for your drivers. You will need your employes to know how to use weapons and protect your shipment. Former military or law enforcement officers may be an ideal fit for this business.

Overall it is a profitable but dangerous business.

first armored car       The first armored car was built in 1915, and it was meant to function like the banking service armored cars today but also as a mobile bank branch.

The armored cars proved their utility during the war creating an increase in demand.

The first armored car for personal protection was introduced by Mercedes to protect Pope Prius XI

Armored cars became so popular that almost all vehicle manufacturer has started creating their own version.

These days any car can be made to be an armored car for civilian use. These cars have the standard window replaced with bullet proof glass and have an extra layer of armor plate inserted into the body panels.

Unlike the military armored cars that have armored plates mounted on the outside of the vehicle, the civilian armored cars don’t look any different from a standard vehicle.

To transform a conventional car in an armored car manufacturers invest an extra $100.000 and being a labor intensive process generally takes a few weeks.

By modifying a standard car to make it an armored car, they also increase the weight of the car with at least 500 to 2000 pounds. This means that the mechanical part of the armored car is subject to a higher force than normal wich will reduce the service life of the car.

armored BMWArmoring passenger cars is a big business. Some of the manufacturers have bulletproof versions of their products, but aftermarket companies modify most bulletproof vehicles.

The first step in enforcing a standard car is to remove all the components from the car’s body. Then the doors and the cavities are cut open, and various materials are stuffed or welded into those openings. The floor and ceiling are lined with ballistic fabrics. The windows are made from a sandwich of polycarbonate and leaded glass.

The tires used are composite run flat tires; wich are custom built for each car. If the pneumatic tire loses pressure, the polymer ring provides support that allows 60 mph speed for more than 60 miles.

All these modifications are not visible from outside.

The best market for the armored car is in Brasil with over 400 cars a month customized cars with armor, bulletproof glass and other security futures. This is due to the dramatic growth of crimes in Brasil. On the second place is Mexico with over 170 customized cars then comes Colombia with over 150 customized cars per month.

This market ones limited to top corporate executives and government officials is attracting a large number of upper-middle-class citizens because of the heavily mediatized crimes.

Also, the type of cars that are being armored changed over the year’s,  as more wealthy people switched from Mercedes and BMW  to tiny and cheaper cars to not attract attention over themselves.

Such a successful businesses can be finding U.S also. One of them is located at the border with Mexico, in San Antonio.

Texas Armor Corporation has his customers mostly from Mexico. From wealthy individuals wanted to protect themselves and their family from kidnapping for ransom to civilians that work on the border or travel across the border frequently.They will pay around $300.000 to make an average SUV battle ready.

Texas Armors Corporation has a revenue of over $10 million today.

Source: Wikipedia




food trucks

Food trucks. Is that a profitable business?

A food truck is a heavy-duty vehicle meant to prepare food and sell it to the public. These trucks can be found in large public areas like parks, sporting events, learning institutions or in facilities like hospitals and the surroundings.

Some mobile food trailers are designed to offer facilities for preparing both food and drink, while others are only designed to sell food and drink that has already been prepared elsewhere.

The history of Catering trucks

Believe it or not, the history of food trucks date back to the age of the dining tradition when vehicles had not been discovered.

When the civil war came to an end, urban workers and cowboys bought their meals from chuck wagons and push carts. Surprisingly, these chuck wagons were fully furnished with features that would allow their owners to store food, drinks, utensils and even wash them. Because of this, the modern day custom food trailer is a true reflection of the chuck wagon.

These pushcarts followed the hungry men across the plains. They would serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The cooks who were responsible for preparing chuck wagon meals and drinks would wake up as early as 3am to meet the increasing demand of men who grew hungry as a result of the work they were subjected to at the time.

The chuck wagons were designed in such a way that they would facilitate cooking and storing pots and other cooking utensils. What’s more, they would offer cleaning facilities to enable those operating the business wash their cooking equipment in readiness to serve the hungry men.

However, when automobiles were discovered, the food vendors took advantage of the opportunity, so they came up with modified vehicles that were fitted with all the bells and whistles meant to make their work easier.

In the wake of the 60s, the ”roch coaches” were already out in the streets in numbers. They were given this ridiculous name due to their substandard way of preparing food at the time. They actually set up ”restaurants” in dirty construction lots and alleys.

Thankfully, the millennium came with major changes where food service truck business was involved. Decent parks were erected in strategic places around the city. These areas would serve as cooking spots where food could be prepared in a hygienic manner. It could also be served and packaged in the same manner, and this entirely transformed the world of lunch truck business.

The food truck industry is happily growing even if the economy is slow. The reason is that people are looking for inexpensive lunch or breakfast on to go. Also the time is another very important reason why people will stop by a food truck to get their lunch or breakfast, The lunch hours are getting shorter as the work hours grow.and having your food right outside the door? You can’t ask for more than that. The food is budget friendly because there is no rent to pay, no waitress and no bussers to pay. The food is delivered fast, usually between 5- 10 minutes.You will not have to wait 30-45 minutes until you barely have time to eat your food because the lunch break is over.

The biggest advantage of a food truck business is that if your business is running slow you just pack up and move to another location that can generate more business:

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Type of food trucks

Of course there are countless types of food trucks out there. So when thinking of getting one, you should first know the type of food you want to sell to your consumers. Once you know what you want to offer, you can explore the various types of vehicles to figure out which one meets your specification.

(a) Mobile food carts


These are carts attached to a vehicle so they can be towed to the intended destination. Because they are not large, they don’t allow vendors to do a lot of things where food preparation is involved, but they are less expensive.You can purchase a used one around $2.500. These are the hot dog carts and the ice cream carts.Usually, this types of trailers do not require as much licensing as a full size trailer.

(b) Mobile food trailers

healthy food food truck

These are fully-equipped food trailers that come with a kitchen and an eating area for customers. Vendors can decide to prepare food here, clean their utensils and even prepare drinks for their customers as well. There’s nothing they can’t do with such trailers. Starting from tacos and burgers and ending with healthy food or not so healthy barbecue the can prepare almost anything in between. These find the most business in big corporate parks where the access to the restaurants is limited. If previously the food trucks were mostly owned by an independent business owner, today, more and more big food chains are building special food trucks for their brand. some of these are Sizzler and Californa Pizza.

Food trucks can be classified in 2 groups depending if the food is prepared inside the truck while the customer is waiting or the ones that sells the prepacked food and not prepared by them in the truck. The price on these two also varies, but the ones that have the option to prepare the food on the spot are more expensive. Their price tag is between $30.000 and $100.000.

The amount of money one can make out of this business

The start up costs for a food truck business are different depending on the truck you want to invest in, what type of food you want to serve, the extra products that you offer.The price can start from $3.000 investment in the truck, $500 initial food investment, Other expenses like permits, marketing, attorneys, cleaning or other miscellaneous costs can all add up to $5.000.

Of course, if you want to invest in a more expensive food truck and sophisticated equipment your expenses star around $50.000 ant the total expenses can rich to $80.000 Even at this investment you are way under the start up budget of a restaurant.

It also depends how much you’re willing to put in the business and whether the location you choose has consumers. For instance, if you put in $10,000, you will want to serve 50 dishes at $8 for 25 days a month.

It might sound easy, right? How about adding elements such as drinks, side dishes and desserts? It can quickly generate a decent amount of revenue for your business.

Examples of Concession food truck businesses that have succeeded in the past

A few examples include Easy Slider (Dallas), The Fat Shallot (Chicago), The King of Pops (Atlanta), Korilla BBQ (New York), and so on. The list is endless.

Where to buy a food truck

You can buy a mobile food truck for the price of $50,000 up to $200,000. This is quite a lot of money for someone who is just starting.You can make your purchase online or in Bay Area.

So, is leasing a food truck a good idea?

If you’re starting a food truck business, you definitely want to lease one for a cost of $2000 from companies found on the web.

You can rent hot food trucks online and still get companies supplying you with the food to sell your consumers. Also, used mobile food trailers tend to be a good option due to their affordability. Look for some cheap hot dog trucks online and you should be able to land a good deal.

If you want to start this business, simply gather enough capital to help you acquire a food truck equipment. You also need food truck permits from the local authorities.

How to start a catering truck business: The good and the ugly

The benefit of running such a business becomes apparent when you are your own boss. Of course you will sell more food and drink during special occasion or events in your neighborhood. Again, there are very few legal requirements to meet. If you can meet the various health and hygiene requirements set forth by the local authority, you’re good to go.

The ugly side is that you will heavily invest in food truck supplies only to realize very little profit during off-peak seasons. Sometimes you may also be forced to close business due to disease outbreaks.

The local authorities need you to have a license that shows you’ve met all public hygiene standards. The permits allows you to operate this kind of business in your chosen location.


auto transport and organic food delivery

Just do your reseach! It will make your life easier!

With the digital world exploding our expectation about deliveries evolved.

We expect everything to be delivered to us. From our mail, the one our delivery from Amazon, pizza, car, and even our house. The cheapest type of delivery is road transport. It’s convenient, flexible but also not that eco-friendly like other types of transport. The secret for all the companies that chose to deliver is to respect a few important rules:

  1. Getting it right the first time. Many companies offer delivery services for a cheap price but when they send out the wrong product or the product gets to you damaged the will not pay for the return cost. The customer will be upset not only that the product they ordered it’s not the one they received, but now they have to pay extra money to send it back and wait extra time for the right product to arrive. A small business can’t afford to make these mistakes because the customer might not buy from them again.
  2. Getting the product or services to the customer as fast as possible. Maybe overnight delivery for some businesses it’s impossible especially the ones that use trucks for delivery. Drivers spend a lot of time preparing for transportation. Before they hit the chaotic roads, they need to secure the load they transport. This could take several hours depends on what type of products they deliver. Its is important to deliver as fast as you can because the happier the customer is the chances that he will use your services again will significantly  increase
  3. Standing out from the crowed. Adding little touches to the delivery service will influence the decision of the customer to become a regular customer and use your service again or just turn to others next time.
  4. If a product is damaged during the transportation the delivery company needs to take care of replacing it or if it comes to a product like a car repairing the damage made or paying for repairs.
  5. Offering a tracking system for the product or service that need to be delivered is a must these days. You want to know where the book that grandma sent to you is all the time, or where is the new car that you purchased last week.

There are so many types of delivery vehicles out there but some of the most used are:

  • Temperature controlled vehicles are used for controlled ambient, frozen and chilled products. These are like giant lunch boxes, insulated and ice-packed. They can be smaller vans or the big 18 wheelers. Some of them even have a temperature control system built in. These are called reefer. These are mostly used by stores to deliver perishable products on their shelves, catering companies, floral transit or pharmaceutical companies. There are many companies that offer temperature controlled shipping solutions. Some products that help keep the temperature down are insulated boxes or thermal Thermal blankets applied over the pallets it keeps them insulated during transportation by maintaining a temperature range of 59F-86F

For some of us who hate the hassle and frustration of supermarket shopping, there are many companies out there who will deliver your groceries for you in a temperature controlled vehicle.

Fresh red apples in a basket standing at doorway

Fresh red apples in a basket standing at doorway

I have my organic fruits and vegetables delivered to my home every week on Wednesday. If I’m not home I just need to leave the cooler in front of my door or a designated place. By the time I get home from work, I have my fruits and vegetable without having to spend the next 2 hours driving and bumping into people, parking-lot angst, checkout-line wait, and junk food offers in a grocery store. Did I mention they are organic?

It’s a new trend to buy organic but eating organic can be expensive. Before I found the company that is delivering my fruits and vegetables I used to go to the farmers market on Saturday morning. If I got there later than 9 am some of my favorite things were sold out. Seriously? Who goes to the market at 8 am on Saturday? Not me. I got so frustrated that I can’t get what I need at my local farmers market, and I had to drive around in the next town that I decided I have to find something to fix this. I spend 2 hours researching everything I could about organic produce home delivery. I have read all the reviews; I have compared prices, and then I found my match. I am so happy I did. I don’t have to drive around to buy my fruits and veggies or pay more for my food than I need to. It’s such a nice surprise to find the fresh fruits and veggies in front of my door every Wednesday. I don’t even have to worry about paying a stranger every time I am buying from somebody else; I have a subscription with them, and they are charging my credit card after delivery.

The same thing goes with the meat. I order what I need for that week, and they will deliver in on Friday. They send me out an e-mail with what they have fresh in stock that week and I just pick what I need. 1 day before delivery they will send me an e-mail with the approximate time of delivery and a request of letting my cooler outside if I’m not home.

This way I don’t spend extra money on something that I don’t need like I was when going to the supermarket.


  • Auto transportation trucks. These trucks are the ones that you never think of before you need your car moved, or you bump in one on the freeway. If you have bought a new car on eBay, or other online dealer and you want it in front of you house without any extra mileage on it, this is the way you go. If you are moving cross country and don’t want to drive 1000-2000 miles, or going back and four between college and home you don’t want to spend your time driving just hire an auto transport company to move your car.

There are so many transportation companies out there, that are affordable and reliable but also lots of them promise you thing that they never do and overcharge you.

When I bought my car from a dealership in VA and needed my car home before going on summer vacation, I couldn’t take another week out from my work to drive from Texas to Virginia and back. I searched online for auto transport companies, but all I found was brokers over brokers. I have filled out quotes on their websites, and my e-mail, and phone were flooded by broker offers promising me the best price, the fastest delivery, and other shiny things.

The only question I asked and was important for me was” who is going to pay if my new baby is damaged.” Aaaaaahhhhh….the transporters insurance company” Then why should I hire you? What exactly are brokers doing? Most of them charge your credit card for a deposit before even doing something. After they charge your credit card, they post the job on an online load board where they are paying a monthly fee.

The load board is like a market where the broker and the transport company meet each other. If the broker sales your job at a fair price then a transport company will get in touch with the broker to get your job ASAP. You could have your car booked in no time. If the broker posts your job for such a low price that no transport company is willing to move it,  than your job will end us sitting there for a long time. How do I know that? It happened to me.

I told you that after numerous calls and emails from brokers I picked one to go with. O NO. He wasn’t the cheapest one like you think. After I paid my deposit and 4 days past without hearing back from “the broker” I called him and asked what is going on. He told me that no driver is going to Virginia right now, and I need to be patience. He will call me when he has someone! Really? That’s not me!

auto transport company

I started doing research again, called some friend, but some of them were using brokers too (and not happy). Finally, I found a few real transport companies and started to call around to see if they have any trucks in Virginia and coming to Texas. I was even willing to drive further,  to another town in Texas for delivery. And Surprize! There are many Companies willing to move my car. Even the price quoted by them was lower then the ones quoted by brokers, and my phone wasn’t flooded with sale calls!

I just picked the one who could transport my vehicle faster. Remember I needed it before vacation.

I didn’t ask for insurance, but the dispatcher was so friendly that she explained to me how the thing works. Everyone can verify if a transport company has insurance or not by going to the  Department of Transportations website and checking the company’s authority to operate. This is public information. I don’t need a broker to do that! I can do it myself! You don’t even need the authority number just type “company snapshot”  in the search bar and type in the company’s name.  You can see the insurance information and who you need to call if something goes wrong. That’s it!

I had many of my questions answered before even calling them. Their website had a whole page with answers to the most common questions. Just do your research.

Overall I had a good experience with them. They picked my car up from the dealership in time, and I could track the location of the car on their website. The delivery was fast and what’s most important I had NO damage. I will recommend them to my friend with bad broker experience J

  • Armored cars (read here)
  • Dump truck (read here)
  • Concrete mixers (read here)
  • Cargo trucks (read her)
  • Passenger vehicles (read here)
  • Buses (read here)
  • Vans (read here)
  • Pick-ups, Cars (read here)
  • Motorcycles or Bicycles (read here)

The question is really what is the type of commodity shipped? As all of us know, bricks are different than glass.

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Why delivery?


Nowdays the delivery business brings in a lot of revenue for those who chose to deliver for their customer. Starting from the big fish like the ones who are doing mail and package delivery, grocery stores to the local dry cleaning store they all choose to diversify their business by adding these service to their portfolio.

My goal is to study all of them with positives and negatives of choosing and paying for a delivery service, analyzing the big players and also the new comers in the market.

I will start with one of the biggest and oldest delivery service in the world the mail and package delivery.

The Biggest players on the market ar:

  1. UPS
  2. USPS
  3. FedEx

USPS was the first mail and package delivery servicein the United States.

Because they had a monopoly their prices were often too high.

In 1852 Wells Fargo was formed to offer mail and package delivery and also banking services.

In 1869 Mail and package delivery moved to the railroad, which was faster and way cheaper. This service became a feature of the railroad service.

By 1913 Wells Fargo left the delivery business and focused on the banking service.

The growing numbers of automobiles and the affordable price of them made the motor freight service to arise as the gasoline and diesel trucks are introduced to the market

UPS started as a private currier service. After the World War II and the improvement of the roads and highways, UPS became a nationwide service. Because of these the railroad mail and package delivery was hurt and ended up losing most of their customers in favor of the highway delivery systems

FedEx was the first one who conceived the air mail in 1918 known as Federal Express at that time. They were the first ones who implemented overnight delivery through most of the country.

As the consumers options for mail and package delivery increases,the delivery time and prices decrease.

The largest mail and package delivery companies today are:

  1. United Parcel Service (UPS) has its headquarters in Sandy Spring, GA, US.UPS owns the largest number of trucks and over 200 aircrafts. They reported over 15 million packages delivered in over 220 countries.
  2. DHL has its headquarters in Bonn, Germany and has over 500.000 people working for them all over the world. They own a large fleet of trucks and aircrafts.
  3. FedEx has its headquarters in Memphis, TN, US and it’s the proud owner of the biggest aircraft fleet in the world.
  4. United State Postal Service (USPS) has its headquarters in Washington, DC. It’s limited delivery service for continental US does not makes them less profitable. In contrary USPS was the second larger employer in the US after Walmart. USPS has the largest number of vehicles in their fleet in the world.
  5. Schenker AG has its headquarters in Berlin. Germany and is the biggest competitor of DHL in Germany with over 91.000 employees around the world.
  6. TNT N.V. has its headquarters in Hoofddorp, Nederlands. They operate their services in 8 European Countries being the largest shipping company in Europe
  7. YRC Worldwide has its headquarters in Overland Park, Kansas, US. They are the biggest heavy weight shipment providers for industrial and commercial shipping worldwide.
  8. Parcelforce Worldwide has its headquarters in Milton Keynes, UK and it’s the largest delivery service in Europe, servicing 24 countries.
  9. Royal Mail has its headquarter in London, England. This is a state owned company and very profitable.
  10. Japan Post Service has its headquarters in Tokio, Japan and it’s also a state-owned giant.

Let’s compare the 3 giants from the US: USPS, UPS and FedEx:

FedEx vs UPS vs USPS comparisonsAll 3 companies deliver mail and packages around the world, but the delivery time and the service price may be different between these 3.

USPS will deliver Priority Express every day including Sunday and Holidays for a surcharge

FedEx delivers Saturday for an extra charge also has an extra service for the same day delivery all year

When You chose to ship mail or a package under 10 pounds the best option to ship is the next-day or the second-day delivery offered at the cheapest price by USPS.

For packages over 10 pounds I found that the cheapest service would be the three-day delivery or ground delivery from FedEx.

UPS looks like being the most expensive in both cases.

Overal USPS has the best price for a small business or an individual wanting to ship a mail or package, has pick up option and a wide array of packaging, which most of them ar free.

All of the 3 companies offer insurance ( for most of the shipping services) and tracking on the shipment at an affordable price, but USPS tracking system includes less details then the ones offered by UPS or Fed Ex.

Fedex vs. UPS vs. USPS compared

The internet is full of complains about late delivery or missing package. If you have the option to add insurance to your shipment I usually add it. If your package is missing and you have the insurance you will be reimbursed with the value you have declared but if you do not have insurance then you could be out of luck cause nobody is going to pay for your missing package.  Of course customers are not happy when they mail is late or not arriving at all but reading the online complaints it looks like that happens way often than it should.

Also the value added for the next day delivery service, Saturday, Sunday or Holiday delivery service are overpriced and for the cost- conscious customers like me it just doesn’t worth it.

While I recommend shipping with UPS as being the cheapest one, when you need to ship heavier packages I would deffinetly use UPS or FedEx.

A 4 day shipping of a 10 lb package is cheaper with UPS and FedEx compared to the same service at USPS that can take to a week to deliver. The same 10 lb package shipped by FedEx is cheaper than a 2 days shipping by USPS

Fedex vs. UPS vs. USPS price comparisons

Also the weight limit is different. While FedEx and UPS weight limit for shipping a package is 150 lb, USPS has a weight limit of 70 lb.

This is my opinion about the today’s mail and package delivery systems. I made this material with the help of the following sources: