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Top 50 - 2008

10. Cheney Brothers, Inc.

Riviera Beach, FL
Year founded: 1925
Chairman/owner: Byron C. Russell
President: Mark Jayne (Riviera) and Phil Schwab (Ocala)
Website: www.cheneybrothers.com
2 distribution centers
14,000 accounts
95% commercial, 5% noncommercial
14,000 SKUs
70% national brands
25% private label
5% group label
70% street accounts sales ($600 average)
30% multiunit accounts ($2,500 average, 5% fast food)
COP & specialty products: Fresh meat (beef, lamb, veal, poultry) fresh fish, fresh produce, gourmet cheese, E&S, san-jan, packaging
Best innovation: Incorporated the use of individual belt printers for our selectors picking multiple batches at one time and for our flag runners. Started phase 1 of an in-house program design for documenting the loading of pallets on to the trailer.
High-tech operations systems: We receive 75% of our items with the aid of valid UPC codes. 99% of all product selected at night is with the aid of Voice Selection.
Key issues this year: Fully implementing of our Loading module, which will allow us to scan all pallets onto the trailers for all loading activities.