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Top 50 - 2008

47. Affiliated Food Service

Amarillo, Texas
Year founded: 1946
President: George Lankford
1 distribution centers
1,200 accounts
75% commercial, 25% noncommercial
35,000 SKUs
65% national brands
35% group label
66% street accounts sales ($1,250 average order size)
9% multiunit accounts ($2,400 average order size)

COP & specialty products: Fresh meat (beef, veal, lamb, poultry), fresh produce, packaging.
Best innovation: Implemented Internet on-line pre-booking.
Other news: Joined IFDA; implemented scanning for food-show orders; and automated POS and coupons to customers and sales staff.
Fuel prices: Maximizing efficiencies and frequencies on drops, holding DSRs to minimums, and eliminating unprofitable routes.
High-tech operations systems: Using voice picking which eliminated errors.
Plans for human pandemic or other catastrophes: Yes
Any "green" or environmentally-friendly projects: Yes
Key issues this year: Improving technology through system and improving real-time communication link between drivers and warehouse.