Cici's Pizza's Distribution Company Awards Driver For One Million Accident-free Miles
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Cici's Pizza's Distribution Company Awards Driver For One Million Accident-free Miles

(Wednesday, May 03, 2006) - Dave Clark of JMC Restaurant Distribution Company has driven over one million miles without an accident. That distance is equivalent to driving around the equator forty times. For this outstanding feat, Clark received a $5,000 check, his name and accomplishment printed on the side of his truck, and his truck decked out with elaborate chrome trim. Clark is the third of JMC's drivers to reach that mileage level without incident.
"We are really proud of Dave. He is the type of driver that exemplifies JMC's values of unparalleled safety, service and excellence," says Robert A. Kulick, president of JMC. JMC Restaurant Distribution handles all distribution services for the CiCi's Pizza organization. JMC drivers are part of an elite group. The distribution company only hires drivers with two or more years of experience, and most of their drivers come from referrals. This allows JMC to choose from the best drivers in the business.
"Our high standards may make it tough for drivers to get hired on with us, but once they are here, they stay because they are treated so well. We are a family-friendly company, and our drivers work a set route Monday through Friday so they can have weekends at home. Plus, they get lots of pizza," says Larry Minton, vice president of operations for JMC Restaurant Distribution. Drivers are known by name and have access to upper management to communicate their ideas. One hundred percent of JMC drivers surveyed reported having a better quality of life than with their former driving job.
JMC is a unique foodservice distributor that focuses its attention solely on the CiCi's system. This allows the JMC team to thoroughly understand CiCi's operations and focus on accuracy, high inventory turns—over 100 a year—and relatively few SKUs. JMC's high fill rate
means CiCi's restaurants receive exactly what they order 99.998% of the time, a rarity in the restaurant business. Many of the JMC team members have worked shifts in CiCi's restaurants to ensure a better understanding of their customer's needs.
JMC was founded in 1990 to support CiCi's restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth area after other distributors were unable to keep pace with the vision of great service, low prices and a "whatever it takes" attitude. When it began, JMC had less than 2,000 square feet of warehouse space and one truck to make the 10 weekly deliveries. Currently, JMC services 600 restaurants in 26 states out of its three distribution centers located in Dallas, Atlanta and Richmond, Indiana. With a well maintained fleet of over 40 trucks, JMC runs consistent routes each week to CiCi's restaurants and returns to one of the distribution bases carrying freight for CiCi's and "backhaul customers." This "backhaul customer" approach helps defray operating costs and allows product costs to remain as low as possible. With annual sales to the CiCi's system and a variety of backhaul customers approaching $100,000,000, JMC has created a benchmark against which other distributors compare themselves.
Founded in 1985, CiCi's Pizza is a family-oriented restaurant serving guests all the fresh salad, pasta, desserts and 16 kinds of pizza they want for $4.49. CiCi's credits its continued success to the company's philosophy of going to extraordinary lengths to make the guests feel special while providing crazy good value. CiCi's mission then and now is to exceed each guest's expectation in food, service and cleanliness, all within their low price point. For additional information visit or


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