How does the spread of mobile payments affect your business?


From the products retailers sell to the services they provide, customers expect options. 

Payment options are also nice to have. Cash, credit and debit all have a place in the retail market, but while retailers may think these payment options are sufficient, customers are interested in other options, like mobile payments. 

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Topics: aggregated sourcing, best possible value, reduce costs, customize a business solution, business-essential tasks, evaluate other vendors, find better solutions and pricing, reverse auctions, mobile pay, mobile wallet, mobile payments

Trends in Transportation That Impact the Grocery Industry

Profitability in grocery supply chains relies on successfully moving product to stores and off shelves into consumers’ shopping carts. Even with trends moving toward farm-to-plate fare and locally sourced products, the industry will always need safe, effective and cost-effective transportation solutions. In managing transportation concerns, grocery retail and wholesale operators face multiple concerns including regulation, wage inflation, rising costs and liability.

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Topics: trends in transportation, transportation in grocery

Finding the right partner for your new HRIS system


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Posted by Tammy Morris, Category Manager, TopBenefits

Tue, Jun, 06, 2017 @ 10:06 AM

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Topics: aggregated sourcing, best possible value, reduce costs, customize a business solution, business-essential tasks, find better solutions and pricing, workforce management, employee timekeeping, payroll system, mobile records

What does the perfect Workforce Management system look like to you?


Payroll, mobile records and timekeeping are all essential components of your workforce management system. Together these pieces form the lifeblood of your business’s day-to-day operations. Ideally, these records provide a crystal-clear view of the daily expenses incurred and opportunities for you to cut costs and preserve your narrow margins. But have you ever considered the possibility that one of those needless expenses could be the system itself?

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Posted by Tammy Morris, Category Manager, TopBenefits

Wed, May, 31, 2017 @ 08:05 AM

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Topics: aggregated sourcing, best possible value, reduce costs, customize a business solution, business-essential tasks, find better solutions and pricing, workforce management, employee timekeeping, payroll system, mobile records

Are you exploring every option for your IT buys?


In most aspects of business, subscribing to the theory of “this is the way we’ve always done it” is a surefire strategy for falling behind competition. Succeeding in today’s marketplace requires constant change, innovation and the ability to adapt. Successful companies understand this in most cases.

But sometimes this is not the case when it comes to IT and infrastructure spend.

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Posted by Amy Sandonato, Sr. Category Analyst- IT, Topco

Tue, May, 23, 2017 @ 10:05 AM

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Topics: aggregated sourcing, best possible value, reduce costs, customize a business solution, business-essential tasks, evaluate other vendors, IT Telecom services, find better solutions and pricing, IT Telecom hardware-software best value, IT spend, reverse auctions

Are you getting the best value from your VAR?


When it comes to technology, the solutions that are best for your business don’t exist straight off the shelf. Whether it’s the hardware, software or associated services, you need customized solutions to meet your needs. To find that, you partner with an experienced value-added reseller (VAR) that can take all of your requirements, fine-tune them and customize a solution.

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Posted by Amy Sandonato, Sr. Category Analyst- IT, Topco

Wed, May, 17, 2017 @ 10:05 AM

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Topics: aggregated sourcing, best possible value, reduce costs, value-added reseller, VAR, customize a business solution, business-essential tasks, evaluate other vendors

Finding sanity in the search for proper sanitation chemicals

Sanitation chemicals are an essential component of your stores’ day-to-day operations and yet, if you're like most grocery store managers, it's a component you're hesitant to change. Risk management and food safety teams understand the value of the right chemicals as well as the problems that lie in wait if the effectiveness of the solutions they use is ever to fail. And because of this, your store may not want to change chemical solution providers, despite the possibility of dramatically reducing costs without sacrificing effectiveness.

Here's why you should reconsider a change in your chemical solutions provider.

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Topics: aggregated sourcing, The best sanitation for your business, Sanitation chemcals for your store, out-source your sanitation chemicals, The best deals on sanitation chemicals, The best deals on cleaning products, Change how you clean your store, Keep your store clean and safe

Topco Packaging Blog Series: Towel and Tissue

When you analyze your vendor contracts each year, your towel/tissue provider probably isn’t at the top of the list. The daunting task of soliciting bids for these products, with the inherent complexity around dispenser ownership and installation, may have deterred you from taking a hard look at your current vendor’s pricing and program. How many options can there really be in the towel/tissue space, and how much money could you possibly save anyway? The short answer to both of those questions is: a lot.

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Topics: good procurement decisions, controlling costs, business services, Save money on towel & tissue procurement, switch towel/tissue suppliers, towel & tissue deals, negotiate good deal on towel/tissue

Retailers drive profit margin through vendor performance analytics

Topco Associates LLC and Audit Technology Group (ATG) have created a joint venture called Avantis Partners to give retailers on-demand views of vendor performance through a SaaS application known as TradeView Analytics™. The business venture combines ATG's transaction data aggregation analytics platform with Topco's category management expertise. So why is this important to you? It's a solution to help you drive profit margin.

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Topics: Tradeview Analytics, vendor performance analytics

The top trends in today's healthcare foodservice

Urgent care, minute clinics, retail clinics, hospitals, doctor’s offices, even telemedicine services: the healthcare industry features more variety than ever before. With new forms of healthcare services appearing every year, competition for patients continues to get even more intense.

But would you believe that competition has stemmed all the way down to the food? You would if you were in the industry. It's a challenge hospital foodservice directors know all too well. 

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Posted by Topco Indirect

Wed, Apr, 19, 2017 @ 12:04 PM

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Topics: foodservice in healthcare, foodservice in hospitals, health care foodservice