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

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.

 

Optimizing the Supply Chain for FOCUS Brands

In order to optimize the supply chain for six brands, Rich Kamph, SVP of Global Supply Chain for FOCUS Brands, felt it was important to engage the Operator Collaboration Model with his supplier partners to develop common understanding and expectations. Read more about how his organization is adopting IFMA’s best practice model.

Aug 08

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. 

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.