IFDA conducts regular surveys on hourly compensation, salaried compensation and operations/financial benchmarking.


2021 Compensation Survey: Driver and Warehouse Edition

Launching on or around March 15, 2021 - check back for survey link.

Recruiting qualified drivers and warehouse personnel remains a top challenge for the foodservice distribution industry. Offering competitive compensation and benefits to hourly employees is a good tool to ease that challenge. But what offerings are competitive?
 
Last conducted in 2019, this cross-industry survey collects information from distribution-industry companies, aggregating data from hundreds of U.S. locations. The results will provide a better understanding of how your company's compensation levels and benefits practices compare in this competitive labor market. Companies that participate in the survey receive free access to full results and customizable, online reporting tools that will not be available to non-participating companies. The survey includes:

  • 24 hourly positions, including CDL and non-CDL drivers, selectors, stockers, dispatchers, forklift operators, maintenance mechanics, and more.
  • Details on base wage rates, incentive/component pay, benefits, annual pay adjustments, turnover, and more.
  • Section on the impact of COVID-19 on workforce, compensation and benefits.
  • Multiple ways to submit data: online questionnaire, fillable PDF, Excel or upload of existing files.
  • The online portal will hold the results and reporting tools.
Foodservice distributors that participate in this survey receive free, exclusive access to:
  • PDF Industry Report: provides aggregate results.
  • PDF Company Report: confidential, individualized reports that presents a participant’s own compensation and benefit information alongside the appropriate comparatives.
  • Excel Data Tables: full data aggregates compiled in the survey.
  • Searchable Results: an online tool that allows participants to examine the data in ways not possible through the PDF reports or Excel Data Tables; participants can create their own data cuts and build their own reports.
IFDA engaged Industry Insights, an independent research company, to collect and compile the results of the study.  Industry Insights has more than 40 years of experience in conducting confidential, compensation benchmarking studies of this nature. The survey is hosted and maintained on a secure server to keep your data safe and confidential.
 

For questions about IFDA’s compensation survey and other research, contact Annika Stensson at astensson@ifdaonline.org.


2020 Operations & Financial Performance Report

The 2020 IFDA Operations & Financial Performance Report is now available to participating companies. As a participant in the survey, you receive free and exclusive access to the full results and customizable reporting tools.

An aggregate report PDF is available for purchase to non-participating companies.
 
By logging into the online platform, participating companies will find:
 
  1. The 2020 IFDA Operations & Financial Performance Report — a downloadable PDF report that offers an abridged overview of the study’s key results.  
  2. Individual, Company Performance Report — a downloadable PDF containing a company’s own financial ratios and operating statistics shown alongside their closest peers.
  3. Detailed Data Tables — a downloadable Excel spreadsheet of the complete survey results.
  4. Searchable Results — an interactive online tool that allows users to drill deeper into the data by creating custom aggregations of the survey results.
  5. Foodservice Distributors Overview — an interactive infographic highlighting key industry metrics in an easy-to-digest format.
  6. Scenario Generator — provides users the ability to visualize how changes in various “scenario factors” will impact their business.
  7. Interactive Report Card — provides an objective, qualitative evaluation of business performance versus similar reporting companies on the basis of various key performance measures. 
As you know, IFDA engaged Industry Insights to execute our benchmarking program. Current access to the exclusive online platform is set to those who registered previously, but the account administrator can easily grant access to additional people with these instructions. For questions regarding login, adding users and technical issues, contact Industry Insights’ Matt Chaffin at (614) 389-2100 ext. 115, or mchaffin@industryinsights.com.
 
Accessing the online platform (only for registered users at participating companies):
  • Go to www.IFDABenchmarking.com.
  • Enter your email and click on the “Continue” button.
  • Enter your password.
  • If you don’t remember your password, click the “Reset Password” button.
    • Confirm the email tied to your account, and look for a system email with a link to reset your password.
    • If your email isn’t recognized, contact the administrator for your company to add you as a user.
    • Please note that the IFDAbenchmarking.com plaform is not connected to the IFDA website and will not work with your IFDA member login.

For questions about IFDA’s benchmarking program, email Annika Stensson at astensson@ifdaonline.org.


2020 Cross-Industry Compensation and Benefits Survey

comp.jpgUnderstanding the labor market in foodservice distribution and other distribution/wholesale industry verticals is key to successful recruitment and retention. The results of the 2020 survey are now available. The survey includes information on 35+ salaried positions (executive, management and sales) and will provide a better understanding of how your company's compensation levels and benefits practices compare with 900+ companies from 20+ distribution/wholesale industry verticals.

Participants have free, exclusive access to full results and online reporting tools by logging in to on our online portal. Non-participating companies may purchase an aggregate report.

Participants receive:
1. Cross-Industry Compensation & Benefits Report PDF – a 60+ page report that includes compensation- and benefits-related statistics for 35+ executive, salaried and sales positions in the wholesale/distribution industry. The report includes data from 905 companies representing membership of 23 trade associations, including IFDA.
2. Excel Results – a non-abridged version of the survey results. The file reports the data in aggregate form and includes more data cuts than could be reasonably included in the PDF report.
3. Cross-Industry Company Compensation Report (CCR) PDF – a customized report of your company’s compensation and benefits data shown alongside the appropriate cross-industry comparatives. This report provides you an easy means for interpreting the results.
4. Online Reporting Tools - Interactive online reporting tools that allow users to filter the results by their own selected criteria to build your own report.
 
For questions regarding portal login, adding users and technical issues, contact Industry Insights at (614) 389-2100, or comp@industryinsights.com.
 
IFDA engaged Industry Insights, an independent research company, to collect and compile the results of the study.  Industry Insights has more than 40 years of experience in conducting confidential, compensation benchmarking studies of this nature. The survey is hosted and maintained on a secure server outside of IFDA's website to keep your data safe and confidential.

For questions about IFDA’s compensation survey and other research, contact Annika Stensson at astensson@ifdaonline.org.


2019 Compensation Survey: Driver and Warehouse Edition

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Participating companies can access full results for free, including customized report and build-your-own reporting tools online, by logging into our online platform. Non-participating companies may buy an aggregate report.
 
This cross-industry survey contains confidential information from 93 distribution companies, including 60 foodservice distributors, providing wage data for 699 U.S. locations. The data provides a better understanding of how your company's compensation levels and benefits practices compare in the labor market.

  • 5 driver positions and 19 warehouse positions.
  • Details on base wage, type of incentive/component pay, benefits used to recruit/retain workers, annual pay adjustments, turnover, and more.
  • 3 data breakdown categories: all firms and foodservice distributors (IFDA firms), sales/shipment volume (Under $50M, $50M-$200M, over $200M), and U.S. region.
  • 7 data points for each position: average weekly hours, median and average base hourly wage, median and average annual gross pay, and median and average effective gross rate.
  • An online portal will hold the full results for participating companies once available.
  • Non-participating companies may purchase an aggregate PDF report, once available.
Foodservice distributors that participated in the survey receive free access to the following:
  • PDF Industry Report: provides aggregate results.
  • PDF Company Report: confidential, individualized reports that presents a participant’s own compensation and benefit information alongside the appropriate comparatives.
  • Excel Data Tables: full data aggregates compiled in the survey.
  • Searchable Results: an online tool that allows participants to examine the data in ways not possible through the PDF reports or Excel Data Tables; participants can create their own data cuts and build their own reports.
IFDA engaged Industry Insights, an independent research company, to collect and compile the results of the study.  Industry Insights has more than 40 years of experience in conducting confidential, compensation benchmarking studies of this nature. The survey is hosted and maintained on a secure server to keep your data safe and confidential.
 

For questions about IFDA’s compensation survey and other research, contact Annika Stensson at astensson@ifdaonline.org.