Sysco Foods' Recipe for Managing Credit Risk

Sysco Foods' Recipe for Managing Credit Risk

Have you heard of Sysco Foods?

You’ve almost certainly benefited from their services. $48B Fortune 100 company Sysco is the world's largest food distributor and supplies everything from dishes to ingredients to even hair nets. They serve the needs of almost anywhere food is served, including hospitals, schools, hotels — even casinos.

Robin Walters, Manager, Corporate Credit Risk, guards the health of Sysco's one of most significant assets: the company's accounts receivable. We recently had a chance to talk with her and learn her essential ingredients for credit management success:

1. Accuracy
"What we report to goes to the SEC and the public," Robin says, speaking of the company's financials. "It must be accurate."

2. Multiple Sources
Robin and her team believe in using multiple information sources, the right solution for the right task. If it's public, I won't bother with anything other than CreditRiskMonitor," she says.

3. Automated Financials
Manually spreading financial statements takes hours of time. Why do that, Robin asks? "Use the tool," she says, referring to CreditRiskMonitor's financials. It's already done and it's already standardized."

4. Trade Data Analysis
Sysco contributes their accounts receivable data to CreditRiskMonitor for monthly analysis. It helps give them a better view into their own data — and see risk at a glance. "I use the hidden payer profile all the time," Robin says, referring to a report that shows who is paying Sysco quickly but others slowly. It's a helpful way to uncover hidden risk.

5. Service
Finally, the secret sauce: superior customer service. It's a non-negotiable for Robin. "I'm very sensitive to service," she says.

Read the complete interview here for more of Robin’s story, advice and why she considers CreditRiskMonitor essential.

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