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Old 06-21-2010, 01:52 PM   #31
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Trying out a new supplier this week who is a smaller franchise. They only have a $350 minimum for delivery plus they are cheaper on pork than Sysco was selling to me at. We will see on the rest, I have my fingers crossed.
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Old 07-08-2010, 10:04 AM   #32
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Join Date: 11-13-09
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Im like you a little gut that only has the stock on hand that is sold this week. I have US foods exactly 3 miles away and they don't want to work with me cause I'm so small. Sysco is a little over an 1.5 hours away and for short notice jobs it would be a 3 hour round trip for stuff. Here we have a big local first movement so for me finding a meat supplier, produce co and milk guy was easy and most are less than a 10 min drive if I need to pick it up. They are more than happy to give me a better rate than any other place I can go and sending an email to the usfoods rep the other day telling her how much in sales she lost last month got a bit of a wake up call for her and now she is trying to get the business back. Yeah I get 5 deliveries from venders over the week and as I need them. Most are more than happy to drop by more than once a week for more butter milk or a case of chicken cause its suddenly "on sale" Thats nice too only having a 400 sf space!
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Old 08-04-2010, 02:47 PM   #33
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Sysco cut me off 5 years ago, and it was the best thing they could have ever done for me. I was frantically looking for a new supplier, and could not make the 60 mile one way trip to Sams club twice a week.
I called around to the local grocers, and slaughter houses, and found a great business located locally. The local slaughter house also does wholesale and retail meats. I drive by every morning , after building the fire in the pit, and pick up my meat fresh. By the time I get the other shopping out of the way, the fire is perfect and ready for meat.
I make a Sams club run once a month, for my styrofoam and other non perishable items I need, as well as mayo and ketchup. My accountant has noticed a 20% drop in my costs, even as my revenue has grown 10%. So I am really thankful that Sysco cut me off.
Another benefit to buying locally, is my suppliers are also now customers, and have given me several catering job leads. I can't count the number of new customers who were refered by the slaughter house where I get my meat.

Best of luck to you.

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