After attending the 48th Annual NAMP Conference in Chicago I though I would share with my readership some "costly" lessons learned.

This week we will focus on simple ideas to cut your inventory costs using technology.

This week we will focus on simple ideas to cut your inventory costs using technology.

In most Food Distributor/Processing environments the biggest asset is Inventory. The fact is, most of us are not aware that the estimated cost of “carrying” inventory is 30 to 40 percent of the value of the inventory. It is simple math, if you have $500,000 dollars of inventory, then true cost of that inventory is $150,000 to $200,000, plus the inventory cost itself.  This is a very compelling reason to cut inventory levels while still maintaining your current sales level. 

This week we will be discussing very simple ways to help control your health care costs.

For those of us paying the bills we don’t need a lot of nudging to remember what we are experiencing in health care right now in America. Even though the rate of inflation is under 3% annually, we still have to deal with out of control fuel (which we focused on last week) and health care costs.

We have discovered certain trucking companies are paying up to 8 cents less than the national average for fuel. How do they do this?

This week we will be discussing the "Pillars of Profitability," taken from the Study of Food Industry Report that is produced by the NAMP organization. Specifically focusing on the Personnel Productivity Ratio, or the PPR. Your comments are welcome.

Welcome to the first issue of the Food Connex Newsletter. As the tag line says we are all about Cost Cutting for Food Distributors...

My name is Paul Hernandez-Cuebas and I am the President of  Integrated Management Solutions, Inc a Company focused on cost cutting in the Food Distribution and Processing Industries. I wanted to create a vehicle not loaded with fluff or a shill to push other vendor's products but an honest, straightforward information tool to help food-guys of all sizes. Especially those guys who are so busy running a business that journals and trade publications do not become part of their weekly reading.



Issue 586 - Where have all the people gone?

Sunday, at the Fancy Food Show for opening day, as I was going through the booths I mentioned to my companion, “The show seems quiet, but it is opening day.” In today’s newsletter we’ll discuss that phenomena and what it might mean for the food industry at large.

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