Originally Posted by Uniqueask
My friend has a Party store we live in upstate NY and sysco told her she has to have a $1,500 Minimum order,..
Not being very familiar with the geography up there, could it be that her store was SO far out of their regular route that they had to have a high min to justify the extra drive time? (I used to manage a warehouse, so I learned a lot about trucking routes and how they charge stuff!)
Yes, sometimes plain 'ole retail IS cheaper. For example, I used the mini M&M's for my cookies. The cost per lb was cheaper at walmart than thru sysco AND I didnt' have to buy 25 lbs of them at a time.
Also some distributors focus on different things. My Sysco rep told me I'd get a better price on individual bottled orange juices (for my frat caterings / breakfast) at GFS than thru Sysco, because GFS did a lot of business to hospitals and schools so they carried more of those than Sysco did.