Primer Helps Distributors Explore ABM Decisions

May 1, 2001
A Roadmap for Success: Activity-Based Management for Foodservice Distributors, a new primer from Efficient Foodservice Response (EFR), encourages distributors

A Roadmap for Success: Activity-Based Management for Foodservice Distributors, a new primer from Efficient Foodservice Response (EFR), encourages distributors to explore activity-based management (ABM) on an on-going basis for strategic and tactical decisions. The primer gives a step-by-step process for applying activity-based management so distributors can:

  • Quantify the value they provide to the supply chain.

  • Understand the dollar impact of inefficient or unnecessary practices.

  • Implement change to reduce (if not eliminate) activities that add cost but not value.

  • Identify potential new services.

  • Identify activities that support growth.

  • Benchmark and implement continuous improvement.

The primer provides a basic discussion of ABM, guidelines on how to get started, and real examples to illustrate steps and possible pitfalls. Also included are an activity dictionary, a sample distributor activity chart, and additional resources.

For a copy of the primer, contact any of the EFR sponsoring organizations. For more information, phone Mark Allen at 703-532-9400, ext 228; e-mail [email protected]; or visit the web site at www.efr-central.com.

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