Sysco Shifts Fleet to Grocery Supply Chain
Multinational food distribution company Sysco Corporation, based in Houston, launched several new grocery sector-focused initiatives in response to reduced customer demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sysco has one of the largest trucking fleets in the United States, with approximately 14,000 delivery vehicles consisting of tractors, trailers, vans, and panel trucks. The company employs 69,000 people.
The company, 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 COVID-19.
As part of the new grocery-focused initiatives, Sysco started providing logistics services and products to retail grocery customers, enabling small restaurants to start up home delivery operations and online order pick-up services. It is also distributing cleaning supplies to restaurant kitchens.