On their website it says delivery to business addresses only, though I certainly consider my business a business! Has anybody had any success in having them deliver to a home based business?
I'm not sure if they will or not. If you're licensed and have a tax ID number to give them, they may. But be warned, they do have a pretty hefty minimum order.
Call them for sure.
Definitely call them...
normally when companies say they will deliver only to business address its more because of the hassle it can be to get delivery trucks into residential neighborhoods (also why you pay a small fee for residential delivery via Fed Ex)
we use sysco but didn't until we opened our storefront. I would definitely call and talk to a marketing associate from your area.
Sysco does have a minimum order. In our area it is $500. When I was first starting I thought no way can I do that now I could only dream of a 500 order.
There are other benefits to being a sysco customer. I have used their test kitchen many times for menu planning and trying new products. They also host food shows where their vendors sample out products.
You may be able to open an account and will call your purchases instead. A will call is when you call in an order and go to the warehouse yourself and pick it up. So if you don't meet minimum order you can still receive product.
They wont here. If you have a residnetial address they are not allowed to bring trucks over a specific tonage into the neighbourhoods.... town by law and its hard for them to deliver from the back of those trailors without a loading dock....
Unless their policy has changed, Sysco will not deliver in a residential neighborhood. It has to do with the size of the semi trucks that they use. You may be able to have your order delivered to a local business (say, a restaurant) that uses them. However, I use IFH (Institution Food House) and although they too will not deliver in a residential neighborhood, their sales reps are nice enough to personally deliver smaller orders. Now I don't know if that applies to residential neighborhoods, but they've been delivering my smaller orders to my shop door for almost 3 years. If they don't exist in your area there may be another food distributor in your area who you can order from. You may have to pick up from their facility, but at least you'll be buying wholesale.
Just a quick add to this thread. You're not going to see a great price reduction in buying from SYSCO or any other company like it compared to grocery store pricing. You have to take into consideration they pay salesmen to gather the orders, pay truck drivers to deliever many small orders (not truckloads) The main advantage I have found is getting certain items I have trouble finding in the grocery store.
Sysco does have a hefty minimum...we switched to Norman Foods because their minimum was lower. But, quite honestly...most supplies can be bought at the store cheaper. Most times that is what we do.