I was reminded how insular the foodservice equipment and supplies industry can be when I went to a recent meeting. While attending the SFM’s workshop for vendors, I noticed that all talk centered around the procurement of comestibles. Supply chain management for the foodservice contract management firms revolves around their food buys. The purchasing by these largest of end-users pay scant attention, if any, to E&S specifications.
Although this is a mostly proper strategy for…Continue
Added by Joe Ferri on April 30, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments
Is it an impulse or a compulsion that makes you want to eat that soft pretzel? Or is it simply the tangy mustard pumped onto it? Displayed food must look its best when laid out for speed and convenience, even for captive audiences at arenas, stadiums and outdoor entertainment venues.
No matter whether concession fare is pretzels, hot…Continue
Added by Joe Ferri on February 12, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments
A buddy, PT, secured a large equipment order. It should have been his all along.
Vendors compete fiercely for business. Buyers factor in price, quality, availability and price when make purchasing decisions. Did I mention price?
PT was awarded only a small fraction of the contract for a large project. When the end-users inquired of his competitor (whom they favored with the greater portion of the work) as to the status of the impending delivery, they were…Continue
Added by Joe Ferri on June 7, 2011 at 6:23am — No Comments
You’d think that $10 billion was a lot of dough. The equipment and supplies side of the foodservice industry is worth that much in annual U.S. sales. With that kind of bread at stake, why are all the members of the E&S supply chain so out of synch? End-users are subjected daily to our ‘dysfunctional family’ turf wars. Don’t they (and we) deserve better?
Sure, we’re all competing on some level, and will therefore have conflicting interests. “After all we are not…Continue
Added by Joe Ferri on April 9, 2011 at 12:37pm — No Comments