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

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)

Information, Insight, and Intelligence: How reporting and technology are the keys to improving warehouse operations. Whitepaper from Costa Solutions. (2016)

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)

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

The Seven Keys to Outstanding Warehouse Operations. Whitepaper by Costa Solutions. (2016)

Industry Trade Associations

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.

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)

Distribution Performance Project: Free articles on improving financial performance

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: Forbes.com article (1/9/2018)

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

More than One-Third of Warehouses Not Using WMS: MultichannelMerchant.com 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: Forbes.com 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)

Industry Research and Consulting Firms

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

Pentallect: Consulting firm with industry insight. Produces State of the Street Monitor for IFDA.

Technomic: Consumer and industry research on foodservice, including distribution, restaurants, convenience stores, retail. Publisher of Inside the Mind of the Independent Restaurant Operator, which is co-sponsored by IFDA.

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

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.
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.