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


2020 Operations & Financial Performance Survey

IFDA launched its consolidated benchmarking survey in 2019 and is currently working on the 2020 edition. This benchmarking program is designed with your busy schedule in mind to require little time and deliver high-value customizable results. Participating companies receive free access to full results and a range of customizable reporting tools that companies that don't participate will not be able to access.
 
The 2020 survey is now closed. Results are expected in fall 2020.
 
The survey focuses on key operations and financial metrics, including sales growth, private-label product sales, inventory levels, technology implementation, inbound and outbound totals, error rates, on-time delivery rates, employee turnover, as well as standard balance sheet and income statement data. It also has added questions to reflect the current pandemic operating environment.
 

IFDA again engaged Industry Insights to execute the program to keep data confidential and secure - participant information will not be seen by IFDA. For technical and online portal questions, contact Industry Insights’ Matt Chaffin at mchaffin@industryinsights.com.
 
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

Comp-survey-screenshot.pngRecruiting qualified drivers and warehouse personnel is becoming increasingly challenging and the labor pool will remain shallow for the foreseeable future. Offering competitive compensation and benefits to hourly employees is a good tool to ease that challenge. But what offerings are competitive?

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.


Benchmarking-report-cover.jpgOperations & Financial Benchmarking Data Available


Update: This survey is scheduled to be fielded again in 2020. Stay tuned for details.

The new IFDA benchmarking survey results are now available to participating companies. A PDF report with aggregate industry numbers broken down by general business profile categories (i.e. no company specific data) is available for purchase to non-participating companies.

Screenshot-platform.pngThe 60 participating foodservice distribution companies receive free, exclusive access to full results presented in several different formats via an online portal at www.IFDABenchmarking.com:
  • The 2019 IFDA Operations & Financial Performance Report — a downloadable PDF with aggregate industry numbers.
  • An individual Company Performance Report — a downloadable PDF available only to you that compares your data to the industry aggregates.
  • Detailed Data Tables — a downloadable Excel spreadsheet of the full results.
  • Interactive Infographic – a graphic that presents key industry metrics you can populate with your own data for a visual comparison.
  • Scenario Generator — an interactive online tool that allows users to see the potential impact that changes in their business could have.
  • A searchable results module where participants can build their own reports and download charts and graphs will be added soon.

IFDA launched its new consolidated benchmarking survey in December 2018. This new, refreshed program was designed with busy schedules in mind to require less time and deliver ready-to-use, customizable results. The survey focused on the key operations and financial metrics, including sales growth, private-label product sales, inventory levels, technology implementation, inbound and outbound totals, error rates, on-time delivery rates, employee turnover, as well as standard balance sheet and income statement data.

IFDA engaged Industry Insights to execute the program to keep data confidential and secure - participant information will not be seen by IFDA. For technical and online portal questions, contact Industry Insights’ Scott Hackworth at shackworth@industryinsights.com.

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