Top 50 - 2007
34. J. Kings Food Service Professionals, Inc.
Year founded: 1974
President/CEO: John King
1 distribution center
90% national brands
10% private label
10% group label
55% street accounts sales
45% multiunit accounts
COP & specialty products: Fresh meat, fresh fish, fresh produce, gourmet cheese, E&S.
Best innovation: Developed corporate training position.
Other news: Implemented Breast Cancer Awareness program; and implemented territory managers and zoned sales force.
Fuel prices: Reviewing customer base to determine if we aren't over servicing our accounts; increased prices to customers to cover rising fuel costs, reviewing more efficient company vehicles.
High-tech operations systems: Implementing voice picking in the near future; implementing a point of delivery paperless system where drivers will deliver products to customers and make all corrections and edits on a hand-held computer that automates all transactions after the delivery; working with vendors on EDI capabilities; and all trucks are equipped with GPS through the Mobilecast Systems.
Key issues this year: Rising operating costs; double-digit growth; implementing sophisticated supply-chain management system.