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July 2015 Newsletter

Sun-MaidLogo_1912Banner_Gold Sun-Maid Selects PRISM Team Services for Northern California Distribution

Service, Retail Relationships and Northern CA Focus Drive Choice 

Sun-Maid Growers of California has selected PRISM Team Services to handle distribution of its products throughout Northern California and parts of Nevada and Utah.   

“After looking, not only at economics, but at the best fit for Sun-Maid, PRISM was the obvious choice,” said John Slinkard, Vice President Customer & Supply Chain Services at Sun-Maid Growers of California.  “We look for companies that operate as we do.  Sun-Maid is a cooperative of raisin growers, with a mentality very much like a family owned company.  Relationships are critically important and we’re very big on service.”   

There were four companies competing for the business…

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2015 Fancy Foods Show – NYC: Good Value, Great Event!

Reported by Jeremy Van Puffelen, VP Business Development, PRISM Team Services

Summer Fancy Food Show in New York was an enjoyable week and a great opportunity to learn more about the food industry.

If you own a restaurant, cook for your friends and family, or just like to eat, then this was the place for you. Among thousands of vendors, so much to like! I met so many people, creating new connections and catching up with long term clients. Though not a direct food distributor, PRISM is an important link in the food supply chain. Most items move on trucks and through warehouses to market, and everyone, at some point, needs help with their logistics. The Fancy Food show was a great opportunity for PRISM Team Services and Allied Distribution partners to discuss these opportunities with potential clients and meet current clients in a fun setting where we get to see them showcase their products.

I’m already looking forward to the Winter Show in San Francisco!


Technology drives speed, efficiencies as warehousing assoc turns 125

Jere Van Puffelen, who served as IWLA’s 2009-10 chairman and is president of Danville, Calif.-based Prism Team Services commented, “The entire 42 years that I have been in the business, we have done the same basic thing – receive and ship boxes. That is the fundamental purpose of what we do,” continued Van Puffelen, who in 2013 received IWLA’s Distinguished Service Leadership Award. “We do it so much better, faster, more accurately and in better shape that we ever have because of all the improvements and advancements that our industry has made.”

warehousing Finding metrics that mean something in the warehouse

By Ken Ackerman

“You cannot manage what you cannot measure,” as the old saying goes. Yet the majority of warehouses we inspect have either no metrics at all or have measurements no one really uses. The second situation is even worse than the first, because it signifies a failed attempt by management to create a meaningful measurement system. Here are five tips for effective metrics management.

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