why
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The supply chain function is changing. We understand challenges facing restaurant brands today including a volatile economy, escalating costs and regulatory changes. Norwegian Thunder manages total cost of ownership through our comprehensive understanding of the foodservice industry and the supply chain function. Our approach differs from the traditional GPO model as we are committed to transparency. Transparency means that you have access to and view of all your brand specific processes, systems and revenue stream.  It is a driving force inNorwegian Thunder’s culture.

Procurement and Specification Optimization
Procurement and Specification Optimization expertise is critical. We follow a disciplined sourcing process to build strategies that leverages customers’ spend. Our team has deep experience in all categories, including beef, pork, chicken and other specialized proteins, seafood, grocery, dairy, produce, packaging, smallwares, and equipment. We also are experts in evaluating commodity needs and then managing the purchasing process. We collaborate with you to manage your product specifications and work to optimize specifications to improve quality or cost position.
Business Intelligence
Our proprietary Business Intelligence systems are the foundation of our business and is driven by industry leading technology. The volume and complexity of data in the restaurant business is staggering. Our technology transforms that data and provides information unique to each brand that drives concrete actions improving revenue and profitability.
Risk Management
The Norwegian Thunder Risk Management process provides recommendations to drive long-term, predictable costs on key items to protect customers’ operating profits and ensure accurate budgeting. We work with suppliers to create cost formulas for commodity components of ingredients. Price targets are informed by Norwegian Thunder category experts but are always set by the customer. Price and supply risk can be mitigated in volatile markets. We also get the input of industry-leading economists to understand future pricing trends.
Distribution and Logistics
The Norwegian Thunder Distribution and Logistics team plays the critical role of ensuring product is delivered to restaurants at the right time, at the right price, and in the right condition. Network design, pricing negotiation, logistics, freight and performance evaluation lead to the right solution for each customer.

Our distribution and logistics resources are responsible for contract price audits, distributor price communication, product transitions, distributor inventory management, contract administration, and on-boarding distribution centers.
RAPID RESPONSE
For restaurant owners, the ability to manage crises—whether it’s low inventory, entire chain shutdowns or anything in between—is vital to your success. With our Rapid Response Solutions, we can mobilize resources from across our entire network to help keep your operations running smoothly—or get them back on-line as soon as possible. With our Rapid Response Solutions, customers are better able to: Manage spikes in demand Accurately stock and supply new restaurant openings Recover quickly from unforeseen disasters

SERVICE MODELS

We empower restaurants to realize their full brand potential, and we are relentlessly committed to solving your unique supply chain needs with customized solutions that best fit the needs of your business.

On-Site
  • Embedded Norwegian Thunder Team  managing supply chain
  • Collaborates with operations, culinary, finance & marketing
  • Day-to-day client support
  • Leverage Spend
  • Category management and supply
  • Chain support
  • Supply chain strategy development
  • Purchasing management
  • Distribution management
Off-Site
  • Extends your supply chain team, but work completed off-site
  • Provides brand supply chain team with business intelligence
  • Supports the brand-supply chain team.
  • Leverage Spend
  • Category management and supply
  • Chain support
  • Supply chain strategy development
  • Purchasing management
  • Distribution management
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Free up time to focus on delivering your brand promise and guest experience.

Distribution

Restaurant brands own the decisions concerning their distribution partnerships, and we facilitate those decisions.

Our distributor partners are an integral component of the supply chain solutions we provide to restaurant brands. Through our Better Together approach we help distributors have a successful, efficient relationship with our mutual customers. We drive compliance with local restaurants, monitor pricing, and help manage overall service levels.

Suppliers

Partnering with Norwegian Thunder creates numerous opportunities for our supplier partners.

We are a single point of contact for multiple restaurant brands which saves time and drives efficiencies in the supplier’s processes. We actively look for ways with our customers to promote greater specification synergies. Our supplier partners have the ability to significantly grow market share in their category through access to Norwegian Thunder’s breadth of customers. We facilitate relationships between our customers and our suppliers which accelerates the supplier’s selling cycle.

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