Supply Chain Optimization Model


In 2017 IFMA in partnership with Kinetic 12 Consulting, HAVI and Datassential, championed the foodservice industry’s first supply chain best practice initiative, Supply Chain Optimization (SCO). The initiative engaged 15 leading chain restaurants, 18 manufacturers and 8 distributors, in conjunction with five industry associations.

The new SCO best practice initiative enables collaboration among all trading partners and is designed to foster more effective communication, improve visibility, and deliver tangible outputs to apply to your business and your trading partners. The goal is to solve today’s most pressing foodservice supply chain challenges for both core menu and limited time offers to ultimately drive enhanced consumer satisfaction.

This initiative builds off of previously developed IFMA Best Practice models, including the Operator Collaboration Model (OCM) and Joint Business Planning (JBP) that serve as the foundation for Supply Chain Optimization.


Supply Chain Optimization (SCO) White paper

Supply Chain Optimization (SCO) E-book


Supply Chain Optimization Best Practices

IFMA recently released an e-book to share learnings on its Supply Chain Optimization (SCO) best practice which was created by nearly 50 leading foodservice organizations.  Learn how you can enable collaboration among your trading partners to foster more effective communication, improve visibility, and deliver tangible outputs.

Refine the Definition of Foodservice Supply Chain Optimization

On April 20th, representatives from the 50 member organizations of IFMA’s Supply Chain Optimization (SCO) development board gathered in Chicago for the second of four in-person meetings. The development board continues to progress in developing a best practice framework and model that will be used by the operator, manufacturer and distribution communities in creating a more efficient and effective supply chain.

Addressing Labor Challenges: Be a Partner, Not a Vendor

At the top of operators’ pain points? Labor costs. Labor-related issues represent the single biggest challenge operators face. Labor will absolutely impact the strategies and direction your customers take in the future. Supply-chain partners who can offer solutions to address labor are more likely to drive profitable sales. Success can move a supplier from a transactional vendor into a collaborative partner.

Foodservice Industry Collaboration Drives Supply Chain Transformation

IFMA in partnership with Kinetic12, HAVI and Datassential are orchestrating a Supply Chain Optimization (SCO) initiative that is the first of its kind in the foodservice industry. Forbes contributing editor, Kate Vitasek, wrote about the progress of the effort and the impact this new best practice can have on the foodservice industry. 

Global Expansion of Supply Chain

The U.S. market is becoming increasingly saturated for many leading foodservice brands. Many have recently shared their plans for international foodservice business development and expansion. International restaurant expansion comes with a host of challenges for all constituents: manufacturers, operators and distributors.

Aug 07

Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum

The annual IFMA Marketing & Sales Leaders Forum focuses on marketing and sales collaboration, providing these professionals the means to apply actionable insights and best practices to work together to improve both strategic planning and go-to-market execution. 

The program serves to unravel the complexities of the foodservice landscape, delivering powerful insights into the consumer, operator and distributor communities, as well as communicating how to best utilize the available tools for improved collaboration and tactical go-to-market execution. 

Nov 04

Presidents Conference

The IFMA Presidents Conference is the place “Where Leaders Meet.” The 56th annual premier top-to-top forum, co-hosted by the NRA and IFDA, brings together influential leaders of foodservice from the operator, manufacturer and distributor communities.