IFMA, Kinetic12 will develop best practices

The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) will be joining 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 research company, to provide an opportunity for manufacturers and distributors to work directly with operators. The purpose of this new best practice is to solve pressing supply chain challenges for both core menu and limited time offer (LTO) products.

“This is an excellent opportunity for foodservice leaders to develop a more efficient and effective supply chain,” said Larry Oberkfell, president and CEO of IFMA. “The foodservice industry has a distinct advantage because all areas of the supply chain will truly collaborate and build best practices.  The goal of this initiative is to create best practices that drive sales by ensuring product in the right place, at the right time, in the right quantity.”

Kinetic12 has background expertise in developing other industry best practices in conjunction with IFMA, including the Operator Collaboration Model and Joint Business Planning.

The Development Board is currently being filled by industry leaders from all areas of the supply chain, with several national chain operators participating. If you are an industry leader and have interest in developing this best practice, please join the initiative. Contact Oberkfell at IFMA or Jeff Schroeder of Kinetic12 for more details.

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