VAI Equips Ford Hotel Supply Co. with Advanced Distribution Management Capabilities

October 20, 2010

Commercial foodservice equipment supplier upgrades its S2K for Distribution package

 Ronkonkoma, N.Y. – October 20, 2010 – VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.) announced today that Missouri-based Ford Hotel Supply Co., a commercial foodservice equipment and supply company,has successfully upgraded to a newer version of VAI’s S2K for Distribution software to enhance its distribution, inventory and call center operations. VAI is a leader in enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for the distribution, manufacturing, retail and service industries, and an IBM Premier Business Partner.

Ford, which distributes a wide range of restaurant equipment, smallwares, tabletop furnishings, kitchen and bar supplies, and more from its warehouses in St. Louis and Columbia, Mo., has been a VAI customer for over 15 years. After upgrading its S2K for Distribution package earlier this year, Ford has enhanced its customer service capabilities with advanced data analytics resources, improved employee productivity and streamlined warehouse management operations.

Pete Zimmerman, Manufacturing Segment Manager, VAI, said, “Ford Hotel Supply Co., a long-time VAI customer and leading restaurant supplier in the Midwest, wanted to implement an updated version of VAI’s S2K software package to handle its rapidly expanding client base. S2K’s streamlined navigation tools, increased flexibility, greater information access and a built-in database have helped to improve the performance of each employee as resources are allocated more effectively and customer response times have increased.”

Bill Ford, President, Ford Hotel Supply Co., stated, “I love the information center and the drill-down capabilities. From one place I can keep an eye on every facet of our business and instantly drill down to the detail level when necessary. We can make instant decisions and keep the business humming.”

ChrisBoisaubin, Chief Information Officer, Ford Hotel Supply Co., remarked, “We have been with VAI for many years and have always been impressed with the firm’s solutions and excellent customer support. VAI’s knowledgeable staff has an in-depth understanding of the wholesale/distribution industry and this positions Ford well for the future. I am still working with the same project leaders and programmers I worked with 16 years ago when we first installed S2K. It is just a tremendous relationship.”

S2K Enterprise for Distribution offers customers numerous solutions to help manage supply chains, enterprise resources and customer relationships efficiently and effectively.

About Ford Hotel Supply Co.

Established in 1911, Ford Hotel Supply is entering its 100th year of service and tradition. This 4th generation family owned business boasts one of the largest showroom’s in the Midwest and is proud to serve the finest restaurants and foodservice institutions in the Midwest. Through personalized service and its long time sales staff of industry experts to assist customers, Ford continues to grow as it positions itself for its next hundred years.

About VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.)

VAI is an award-winning software developer and an IBM Premier Business Partner. Designed for the mid-range market, S2K Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Software Suite is used by a wide variety of mid-sized companies worldwide, with a number of clients in the manufacturing, distribution, retail, food and related service industries. Advanced applications such as Warehouse Management Systems, EDI, CRM, Business Analytics and e-Business provide companies the power to leverage their information technology investment. VAI is headquartered in Ronkonkoma, New York, with branch offices in Miami, Orlando, Chicago and Oroville, California. For more information, please contact Diane Dady at 800-824-7776, ext. 236 or visit

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