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IFDA report benchmarks factors crucial to success of foodservice distributors

(Dec. 17, 2009)—Designed exclusively for foodservice distributors, the 2009 IFDA Foodservice Distribution Operational Benchmark Report identifies and analyzes operational factors important to the success of foodservice distributors. The report provides benchmarks and practice trends to help executives evaluate performance at their company. This information can help distributors identify new ways to create improvement.

The 164-page report contains 246 graphs and appendixes, providing information for making improvements to attain higher efficiency and achieve greater profitability. Companies that participated in this effort received a complimentary customized and confidential report that allows them to more readily compare their results with those shared in the report. To provide anonymity, no annual sales information or city locations are identified in the report.

To identify trends across the industry, data and certain operational processes were gathered from 109 distribution facilities, including 80 broadline and 29 systems facilities. Participating companies submitted data for August 2008 and completed a survey questionnaire, which formed the basis of this report.

Companies using the report will readily be able to compare their operational metric results against industry averages that match their customer mix and geographic market area.

The report is available to IFDA (International Foodservice Distributors Association) members for $175, non-members for $650, and non-industry for $850. To order a copy of the report, call (703) 532-9400 and ask for publication sales.

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