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This used to be a fun business. As long as you were growing, nobody messed with you. District managers were there to advise and help if you needed them. Sales meetings were once a month, fun and informative. District meetings were few and far between.
Now sales meetings are strictly rah, rah BS, BS. The first 1-1/2 hours is the "look how wonderful we are" section. I don't care about all the corporate yardsticks. I know how I'm doing by the size of my check.

Now you're just an order-taker. Commission is gone. Salesforce rules your life. You have no control over pricing, deliveries or what's in stock. Getting linked to a proprietary item takes a letter from the Pope. 

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I agree 100%!!! I used to like my job and what I did everyday, now I feel like Sarah Huckabee Sanders deflecting and redirecting questions my customers have on everything from deliveries to cookbook pricing. It's exhausting! 
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I saw the attached picture on LinkedIn today and marveled at how Foodservice (particularly US Foods) does not follow this advice!

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I saw the attached picture on LinkedIn today and marveled at how Foodservice (particularly US Foods) does not follow this advice!



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This so true - for being retired you guys are well tuned in ... those of still working guess we need to find a way to revolt ... I am still debating about turning in my laptop and starting FSA next week ... but I would miss all this fun !!
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Hey wait - did he take the President Club winners to a sheep station in Australia 🇦🇺.... another very socialist country. 🤔
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This so true - for being retired you guys are well tuned in ... those of still working guess we need to find a way to revolt ... I am still debating about turning in my laptop and starting FSA next week ... but I would miss all this fun !!


Do it. We don't have FSA out here. If you hate it that much you should go. Enjoy your days where you like your job. Revolt? If that is what you are holding out for.....turn in that laptop tomorrow. 

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LONG LIVE BIG BROTHER!

We have always been at war with Sysco.

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MY DSM told us last year at a district meeting that "things are only going to get worse. You need to make a decision about your future". I chose to retire. The TMs at USF Corona voted with their feet, and went to Sysco Riverside. I'm sure many TMs around the country are interviewing with USF's competitors. How many will leave before the end of the year? How many of their customers will leave with them?

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This so true - for being retired you guys are well tuned in ... those of still working guess we need to find a way to revolt ... I am still debating about turning in my laptop and starting FSA next week ... but I would miss all this fun !!
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Who needs boots on the ground when you can run 70% of your business as "inside local chain accounts" and the rest online?
I ask that satirically, of course.

Could be that the "boys" in Rosemont are already behind the scenes preparing, with Amazon's direction, for them to takeover.  What better way to do it than have a 2 year run up of forcing out your best sales reps (and at the same time, reducing massive overhead) changing the business model to get more of it to inside sales and/or direct order entry (Amazon's bailiwick, as they say) and generally stripping out every possible penny to get their valuation and earnings ratios in line for a profitable takeover.  Profitable for Pietro and the fellows, I mean.
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Pietro and the boys (and girls) on the board might be looking to Amazon to come in, but I think Amazon will be in for a rude awakening.

This is a relationship business. Chain accounts are used to ordering online and dealing with a customer service person in a remote office. Street customers like to see their reps. Whether it's to show new items, pick up a check or (gasp!) take their order. Maybe some of the younger chefs, managers and owners can deal with little to no weekly contact. But, most customers still want to see someone in person.

Many reps will leave USF and Sysco for local indpendents who still value initiative and hustle. I wonder how many of their customers will leave with them.

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