Supply Chain Optimization Model

In early 2016, IFMA announced that it had joined forces with Kinetic12, a food industry management consulting firm, to establish and develop the first ever best practices for foodservice supply chain optimization.

This initiative, which builds off IFMA’s existing collaboration best practice – Operator Collaboration Model (OCM) – will benefit the entire foodservice supply chain; manufacturers, chain operators, and distributors. A key component in the success of this effort will be the Development Board comprised of industry experts.

IFMA and Kinetic12 will oversee the Development Board and will work in conjunction with supply chain management expert HAVI, and Datassential, a leading research company, to provide a unique collaborative opportunity for manufacturers and distributors to work directly with operators. The purpose of this new best practice is to solve today’s most pressing supply chain challenges for both core menu and limited time offer (LTO) products.

 Read more about the Supply Chain Optimization initiative.

Supply Chain Optimization (SCO) Board Participants

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.

The Power of Collaboration for Wendy’s/QSCC

Krista Pohlman, Sr. Director of Program Management at Wendy’s Quality Supply Chain Co-op, was integral in the development of IFMA’s Operator Collaboration Model and Joint Business Planning best practice. Learn why she and her organization became involved with IFMA’s best practice collaboration model and advice for how others can get involved.

 

Oct 12

Strategic Issues Series: Back To School

Back To School: A deep dive into the current K-12 segment and how the manufacturers are sure to get the passing grade. 

The Strategic Issues Series is a complimentary IFMA Manufacturer Members-only forum that focuses on issues that are top of mind for foodservice manufacturers. There is no additional cost to attend, as this event is included in the Member’s annual dues. From GPOs to The Distributor of the Future, the series brings to light critical challenges and how manufacturers can take advantage of them to create growth opportunities.

Oct 19

2017 October Foodservice Fundamentals

The foodservice industry is evolving. Get an updated understanding of how by attending the IFMA Foodservice Fundamentals™. This series is proven to help those new to foodservice by breaking down the complexities of the industry. This premier accelerated training program will highlight multiple topics including industry basics, trading partner dynamics, segment & channel nuances and consumer-based trends and insights.

Nov 05

Presidents Conference

The IFMA Presidents Conference is the place “Where Leaders Meet.” The 55th 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.