Sysco Shifts Fleet To Grocery Supply Chain During Coronavirus Slowdown



via Benzinga - March 24, 2020


Houston-based food distribution giant Sysco Corp. recently announced new grocery sector-focused initiatives in response to reduced customer demand during the coronavirus pandemic.


Sysco's president and CEO Kevin Hourican said the company is "pivoting our business to better support the surge in demand that is being experienced in the retail grocery store setting,'' according to a press release.


"We are establishing new customer relationships with retail grocers to provide them with logistics services and much needed products. We are also advocating for and supporting our customers, who are essential to our future service," Hourican said.


Sysco provides products and related services to more than 650,000 customer locations in North America and Europe, according to its website. Its clients include restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other foodservice customers.


Sysco, along with other food service providers such as US Foods and Aramark, have taken a hit as a result of the closure of universities and bans on public gatherings such as sporting events in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.


Sysco has one of the largest trucking fleets in the United States, with...