United Fresh Produce Association announced the availability of a first-ever benchmarking report designed specifically to help produce wholesalers and distributors evaluate the effectiveness of their operations, according to Refrigerated Transporter. The organization commissioned the report in response to member company needs for assessing the performance of their operations as compared with others in the produce industry.
“The Wholesaler-Distributor board identified benchmarking data as a key resource needed for our industry,” said Lisa Strube, director of finance for Strube Celery & Vegetable Company and chairman of the Wholesaler-Distributor board. “This resource will help fellow produce wholesalers and distributors identify key operational areas that affect business performance and help these companies stay competitive in the marketplace.”
Prepared by research firm Industry Insights, the report allows produce companies to compare their labor practices, sales practices, procurement and inventory management, warehouse metrics, and outbound transportation by ownership type (family or private), primary customer business segment, produce sales and case volume, number of full-time employees, warehouse square footage, and geography.
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