I was visiting a customer last week and he said, “You ought to use my company in your marketing more.” I promised I would do that and was thinking, "How do I focus on my customer's positives without sounding like the greatest thing since sliced bread?" Well here goes...

 

 Many distributors and processors break cases. Selling an each provides a level of customer service that US Foods and Sysco can't match, but what happens to its identity for recall when you break a case? This could be a problem if you’re looking to recall that piece. Now newer technology can capture that weight and track where it came from.

 

 While visiting a North Jersey processor we discussed private labeling. He indicated he produces for about 20 different labels. We reviewed the opportunities private labeling provides in It's Just Natural. Private Labeling is a strategy that can produce large revenue opportunities and create the opportunity to complete the traceability cycle.

Over the years we've talked extensively about the confusion and mixed responsibilities for Food Safety in our country. I wanted to take this opportunity to repeat what we knew 9 years ago and still is reality today.

 In the interest of sharing good data from our Archives for the summer I found this article about diversity that is focused on business diversity, not the ethnic diversity we've talked about many times, but diversity that can keep you alive. .Issue 192 - …and that’s how the story ends.

 Last week we did a replay of our ABC series that started 10 years ago. In looking through my past issues I found more tips on how to make sure you are looking at things right. Is VS Seems is a way you could be fooling yourself by not really looking at what it costs and thinking you know what it seems to cost.

 Over 10 years ago when our newsletter was not even a year old we published, Issue 055 - The ABC's of Activity Based Costing. Knowing what it really costs you to do something is critical to making more money. Old lessons make us more profit. Let’s look at the reprint. For a simple lesson, check out this You Tube Video.

 

Because we are visiting our archives something hit me right in the face Sunday morning in the Philadelphia Inquirer Health & Science section, Watch those labels: 'Natural' may not mean what you think. We have talked in the past about transformational events affecting markets. I was talking to one of my NYC city based meat guys during the Fancy Food Show about this growing trend and he said "Seems like it’s just the flavor of the day.", but I disagree.

Over 3 years ago we talked about the 1Percenters. As we continue the to recap some of our archives I was reminded by attending a Schwab conference on the "Political environment as it affects investing". We have discovered through our surveys and sales calls the great majority of processors and distributors under 30 million of revenue do not use a food system. If we look at the current financial state of the union, maybe now is the time. Oh by the way this is a refresh from our 3 year ago message

Back from vacation and catching up on my e-mails and News Letters (sound familiar?) I noticed the latest recall on my Meatingplace Newslettter. One interesting aspect of this recall is that it was brought to everyone's attention by using one up one down traceability and the vendor was notified by processor.



Issue 590 - How to get your Price List to your customer.

As follow up to last week's News Letter, I would like to discuss once we set the Prices for a customer how do we deliver them to the customer. This is very problematic, you don’t want to make a mistake and give up Margin with the wrong price.

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