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E-Sourcing Impact

As specialty foodservice e-tailers such as Webstaurantstore.com increase their visibility, and giants like Amazon.com increasingly penetrate new verticals, the prospects for these organizations to establish themselves in foodservice appear to be a certainty. What’s uncertain, however, is the level of interest from operators to increase their purchases with players in this channel.

Explore the status of and outlook for operator use of third-party online services with Technomic’s 2018 E-Sourcing Impact: Amazon and Online Supply in Foodservice Multi Client Study. Findings from this study will help uncover the evolution of operator purchasing behavior and the opportunities and threats these channels pose to the foodservice market.

Use this study to:

  • Measure the current and forecasted size of the third-party online sources market by category.
  • Understand the current and anticipated use of these channels by foodservice operators.
  • Evaluate operator attitudes and practices related to purchasing through these channels.
  • Probe into distributor viewpoints on third-party sources and the threats they may pose.

Scope of Third Party E-Commerce Sources

An online website that is not specifically affiliated with a distributor or manufacturer from which foodservice items can be purchased.

Products are ordered online, and are shipping using UPS, Postal Service, FedEx, etc. or common carrier directly to operator’s location.

Sites do not necessarily need specialize in foodservice.

Examples include: Amazon.com, Staples.com, Costco.com, Katom.com, Webstaurantstore.com, Foodservicedirect.com, Netgrocer.com, etc.

Excludes ordering online through distributor websites

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