In efforts to help IFDA members and the foodservice distribution industry at large navigate the business landscape, we have compiled a list of external information sources covering a range of topics relevant to today's industry professionals.

For requests to include additional sources, email IFDA's Director of Research & Industry Insights Annika Stensson.

IFDA Partner and Allied Member Content

Check out the whitepapers and links below to learn more on a variety of subjects courtesy of IFDA partners.

Food Case Studies – Food Distribution: Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Business Central Case Studies | Food Distribution (
Food Case Studies – Food Manufacturing: Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Business Central Case Studies | Food Manufacturing (
Food Case Studies – Food Service ERP: Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Business Central Case Studies | Food Service ERP (

Driver Incentives that Work. Presentation from Lytx.

Impact of Latest Tax Reform & Accounting Changes on Truck Procurement - What You Need to Know: Whitepaper by Fleet Advantage. (2018)

Incentive Planning for Distribution Centers. Whitepaper by ProCat Distribution Technologies. (2021)

Mitigating Rising M&R Costs for Class-8 Truck Fleets - Effective Data & Strategies to Leverage Newer Trucks to Reduce Maintenance & Repair Costs: Whitepaper by Fleet Advantage. (2018)

PURE Bioscience Announces Strategic Alliance with Marathon Group and Whiting Systems, Inc. Press Release by Whiting Systems. (2020)

The Amazon Effect on Wholesale Distribution: Whitepaper by Omnitracs. (July 2018)


Industry Trade Associations

American Transportation Research Institute: Engaged in critical transportation studies and operational tests, including traffic congestion, hours-of-service, automonous vehicle technology, etc.

American Trucking Associations: Produces reports, trends and statistics on the trucking industry.

International Foodservice Manufacturers Association: Provides research and insight on the foodservice supply chain and manufacturing industry.

National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors: The NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence sponsors and disseminates research into strategic management issues covering the merchant wholesale distribution industry.

National Restaurant Association: Provides restaurant industry and consumer research on a number of topics, including menu, technology and economic trends.

Warehousing Education & Research Council: A professional organization focused on logistics management and its role in the supply chain.

Women in Trucking: A non-profit organization focusing on gender diversity in the transportation industry.

Government Sources

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Data on employment, wages, wholesale food and commodity price inflation, menu and grocery store price inflation, and more.

U.S. Census Bureau: Data on retail and eating-and-drinking place sales, and more.

U.S. Energy Information Administration : Data on energy trends and prices.

Miscellaneous Sources

A Future that Works: Automation, Employment and Productivity. Report by McKinsey & Company (2017)

Distraction or Disruption? Autonomous Trucks Gain Ground in US Logistics. Article by McKinsey & Company (December 2018)

Distribution Performance Project: Free articles on improving financial performance

From Siloed to Distributed - Blockchain Enables the Digital Supply Network: Deloitte Insights article (2/1/2019)

GS1 Foodservice: Resources on food safety and traceability

How the Blockchain Can Save our Food: New Food Magazine article (4/23/2017)

How IoT will impact the supply chain: article (1/9/2018)

How to Test the Waters before Diving into Blockchain: article (4/23/2018)

More than One-Third of Warehouses Not Using WMS: article (6/19/2018)
Stick Shift: Autonomous Vehicles, Driving Jobs, and the Future of Work: Report by the Center for Global Policy Solutions (2017)
The Blockchain of Food: article (10/23/2017)

The Economic Impact of Steel and Aluminum Tariffs: Economic analysis by FTI Consulting (August 2018)

Women in the Food Industry: Report on workforce diversity by McKinsey & Company and Women's Foodservice Forum (2017)

Women in Supply Chain:  Research report by AWESOME/Gartner (2018)

Industry Research and Consulting Firms

ITR Economics: Economic intelligence that helps you make business decisions. Produces quarterly economic reports for IFDA.

Technomic: Consumer and industry research on foodservice, including distribution, restaurants, convenience stores, retail. IFDA's GPO study,  and white papers on off-premise packaging trends and operators' e-sourcing practices are produced by Technomic.

AlixPartners: Research and insights in various industry veritcals, including foodservice and automotive.

Cleveland Research Company: Focus on market and equity research in various verticals.

Datassential: Market research for the food industry, including trends and menu analysis.

Deloitte: Research and insights into various industry verticals, including foodservice, wholesale and distribution.

Mintel: Market research on the foodservice industry, including trends and menu analysis.

NPD Group: Market intelligence research on foodservice industry, including distribution, restaurants, retail and food consumption.

Oxford Economics: Focus on forecasting and quantitative analysis in a variety of industries.

Pentallect: Consulting firm with industry insight.
These links are provided for informational purposes only and do not indicate IFDA's endorsement, or approval of specific products, services, or opinions. IFDA is not responsible for the accuracy, legality, or content of external sites.