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Grocery man

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Anyone know what that all about .Our house is having one this Saturday
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We are not really seeing an agenda at my OPCO. The only people who seem excited about it are upper  management. What I do know is I am missing a special family occasion and  am lined up for a 13 day work week with the Saturday mandatory attendance.
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It's not mandatory at my opco.  I'm not "All in" so I'm not attending.  
We were asked to attend by our HR Director who, despite my attempts to smile and say hello at sales meetings, scowls at me every time she sees me...I'd bet I'm on her list to 86 so she can increase diversity.  
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Celebration of 50 years for Sysco. Team bonding. Hourly employees should be happy, over time. If your a driver or picker doubt you'll be doing and works as its an odd day.
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@slingscabbage- really??? Are you in sales? What opco ( if you don't mind sharing...?)
We were not "asked"...if you have a previous engagement they want the invite or the documentation to prove it ...yes, really.
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Company-wide mandatory meeting on a Saturday? Is the merger with US Foods back on?

The beatings will continue until morale improves.
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@slingscabbage- really??? Are you in sales? What opco ( if you don't mind sharing...?)
We were not "asked"...if you have a previous engagement they want the invite or the documentation to prove it ...yes, really.



Sales, Charlotte.  The level of inconsistency within opco's across the corporation is insane.  Saturday is my "one day" so I'm not going.  I  proudly declined the meeting request.  I can't imagine them sharing any news about increasing commissions, or fuel stipends, or less time with our heads in the laptop.  Salesforce has ruined this profession, and I want out asap!

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I'm retired now, but when I started in 1976, the whole point of getting on commission was that nobody messed with you. As long as you were bringing in business, and making money, everyone was happy. It was a fun business. Everyone was making money and having a good time.

When we got the first Telxon units in the early 80s, it made doing business easier. No more dropping orders in courier boxes. No more waiting 15 minutes on hold to place a next day order. Life was still good.

Salesforce (aka Big Brother) has killed any kind of individuality in sales. It doesn't matter what industry you're in. Now everyone in your company can see what you're doing. I'm sure the CEOs of USF and Sysco have nothing else to do but check up on how the worker bees are doing. The senior salespeople who built this business are treated liked rookies. Management would like all the old guys and gals to leave because we infect the newbies with the old way of selling: Seeing customers, showing samples, handling problems. The new mantra is "Sell what we want you to sell, the way we want you to sell it."

USF and Sysco have stopped being foodservice distribution companies. They are now marketing companies. All USF seems to care about is selling Scoop and private label products. I'm sure Sysco is the same, if not worse. Local independents are picking up cases because they are still distributors. That's why The Big Boys are gobbling them up as fast as they can. If you can't beat them, buy them.

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Sales, Charlotte.  The level of inconsistency within opco's across the corporation is insane.  Saturday is my "one day" so I'm not going.  I  proudly declined the meeting request.  I can't imagine them sharing any news about increasing commissions, or fuel stipends, or less time with our heads in the laptop.  Salesforce has ruined this profession, and I want out asap!
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"It is my firm conviction the Mr. Gustave L. Levy, the internationally respected Senior Managing Director of the world renowned Goldman, Sachs & Company, made KEY COMMITMENTS to the CREATION and EXPANSION of Sysco Corporation based on pledges of all the Company's founding Directors which inured to the equal benefit of each of Sysco's shareholders, AD INFINITUM...
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I'm retired now, but when I started in 1976, the whole point of getting on commission was that nobody messed with you. As long as you were bringing in business, and making money, everyone was happy. It was a fun business. Everyone was making money and having a good time.

When we got the first Telxon units in the early 80s, it made doing business easier. No more dropping orders in courier boxes. No more waiting 15 minutes on hold to place a next day order. Life was still good.

Salesforce (aka Big Brother) has killed any kind of individuality in sales. It doesn't matter what industry you're in. Now everyone in your company can see what you're doing. I'm sure the CEOs of USF and Sysco have nothing else to do but check up on how the worker bees are doing. The senior salespeople who built this business are treated liked rookies. Management would like all the old guys and gals to leave because we infect the newbies with the old way of selling: Seeing customers, showing samples, handling problems. The new mantra is "Sell what we want you to sell, the way we want you to sell it."

USF and Sysco have stopped being foodservice distribution companies. They are now marketing companies. All USF seems to care about is selling Scoop and private label products. I'm sure Sysco is the same, if not worse. Local independents are picking up cases because they are still distributors. That's why The Big Boys are gobbling them up as fast as they can. If you can't beat them, buy them.


"Local independents are picking up cases because they are still distributors. That's why The Big Boys are gobbling them up as fast as they can. If you can't beat them, buy them".

I have to disagree with you on this point.  The cost of distribution has accelerated exponentially over the past 50 years.  Independents simply cannot afford it over the long haul. The mega distributors are netting millions on "earned income" selling 'branded" products supported by the manufacturers. Many independent distributors are managing old warehouses and aging equipment adding to the cost of doing business.   
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"Local independents are picking up cases because they are still distributors. That's why The Big Boys are gobbling them up as fast as they can. If you can't beat them, buy them".

I have to disagree with you on this point.  The cost of distribution has  accelerated exponentially over the past 50 years.  Independents simply cannot afford it over the long haul. The mega distributors are netting millions on "earned income" selling 'branded" products supported by the manufacturers. Many independent distributors are managing old warehouses and aging equipment adding to the cost of doing business.   


I have to correct you. It's not the physical cost of distribution that's gone up it's the cost of consolidation of the channels and the suppliers that have created more financial claims against production and distribution than at any time before even if constant dollars were used from say 1980. 

What is Sysco's market cap- how much in dividends is require to be paid out to shareholders, you see my point. How much debt service to pay for all the takeovers? Just Sysco shareholders alone represent more people taking cash out of the production and distribution supply chain than say back in the late 70's to the late 1980's. 

I used to call on Dunkin Donuts distribution companies. All very modern and all very efficient distribution centers. They charged their franchisees $2.00 per case on every case regardless of pack size and cost and this covered all their cost. This was the early to mid 2000's. 

Yes they had a smaller number of SKU's but the point is you'd think Sysco and the rest were delivering diamonds with what they charge the end-users which includes  hidden financial cost embedded in the price of the product that not only cheats the customer but steals from their own sales people. 


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“All In” is mandatory here but I know of several who are just going to take the discipline vs going. I figure I’ll go but if participation’s expected do like Marshawn Lynch when the NFL forced him to give interviews “I’m only here so I don’t get fined”
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Just want to know if Saturday's festivities were as fun as everyone thought they would be
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Just want to know if Saturday's festivities were as fun as everyone thought they would be

Horrible. Our breakfast was a stunning array of frozen Jimmy Dean sandwiches that were left sitting out all day and we didn’t break for lunch, instead they had sandwiches to take at the end. In between the two were constant “no pictures” warnings and it seemed like every time I turned around one of our “special visitors from the corporate office” was standing behind one of us watching/listening to our table.
Cheaped out here compared to the giveaways I’ve heard about in other locations too. We got a cheap plastic Sysco cup.
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Sounds like a fun day!

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