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Intesource, Inc.

September 03, 2014 08:05 ET

Associated Food Stores Partners With Intesource for E-Sourcing

National Retail and Grocery Cooperative Secures Massive Savings on Indirect Categories With E-Sourcing

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwired - Sep 3, 2014) -  Having secured double-digit savings on several indirect categories through successful sourcing pilot events, Associated Food Stores has selected Intesource -- the go-to e-sourcing provider for grocers, retailers, and restaurants -- as its e-sourcing partner.

Associated Food Stores, a cooperatively owned wholesaler that distributes to almost 500 grocery stores across the western U.S., aims to increase the value it provides its members by driving down costs and reducing process inefficiencies across the entire association. In a series of pilot events with Intesource, Associated Food Stores secured significant price reductions in several areas -- particularly indirect categories, such as:

  • Meat and Produce Film: 54 percent savings
  • Banana Bags: 29 percent savings
  • T-Shirt Bags: 19 percent savings

"We needed an e-sourcing partner that could substantially lower costs and enable our team to leverage the supply chain as a means to better serve our members. After evaluating our options, Intesource was the clear choice," said Kevin Fitz, of Associated Food Stores. "Intesource's platform and unique full-service model -- along with its fast, responsive, and knowledgeable team -- will ensure we take advantage of every opportunity to drive improvements throughout our entire business. The team's deep experience in the retail and grocery industries will be a major asset to our procurement and financial operations."

Intesource's dynamic suite of sourcing solutions enables grocers and retailers to streamline costs and inefficiencies faster, easier, and more effectively -- achieving an average of 18 percent savings per event. The company's team of industry experts ensures that e-sourcing is more ingrained in organizations' overall procurement strategy -- helping to maximize supply chain value for across the business.

"A successful e-sourcing program can positively impact every corner of an organization, but it requires a company-wide dedication to supply chain optimization," said Len Kaplan, VP of Sales at Intesource. "Having a partner that truly understands your company's unique needs, challenges, and opportunities -- and the nuances of your specific market -- can mean the difference between simple savings and true financial transformation."

To find out more about how Intesource can enhance the value your procurement team drives, visit

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Companies are caught between two opposing goals: drive cost savings or invest in innovation. Both require people, technology, and expertise in a time when resources -- and the skills and time required to source effectively -- are scarce.

Intesource eliminates operational headaches from the sourcing equation by offering the industry's only enterprise wide, unlimited, full-service e-sourcing package. Intesource's turnkey approach to e-sourcing consistently drives double-digit savings without requiring additional staff or process overhauls -- an approach that saves valuable time and frees up staff to focus on strategic initiatives.

With a history of success in the most challenging sourcing climates, and expertise in both direct and indirect categories, Intesource ensures that buyers are getting the best value every single time. Learn more at

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