Sodexho Marriott Services (NYSE:SDH) has signed an agreement with Instill Corporation of Redwood Shores, Calif., to be Sodexho Marriott Services' preferred e-business partner to improve operational effectiveness for the Company's vast foodservice purchasing requirements.

Sodexho Marriott Services becomes one of the leading strategic members of The Foodservice Network. The Instill Foodservice Network will add speed and reliability, enhancing Sodexho Marriott Services' internal data capture systems.

Using the new Instill Foodservice Network, managers at Sodexho Marriott Services' 5,000 client locations will be able to place food orders over the Internet, receive on-screen invoices, verification of shipping date and confirmation that items ordered are in-stock (or suggested substitutions). The Instill Foodservice Network will then process Sodexho Marriott Services transaction data adding a high degree of data reliability. Once processed, purchasing information will be transferred to Sodexho Marriott Services' internal data capture systems for final processing and payment.

"The Instill web-enabled purchasing system combined with our internal data capture systems will ensure that we are getting the right products at the right prices," said Michel Landel, president and CEO of Sodexho Marriott Services. "We believe forming an alliance with a leading web-based technology partner is key for our continued growth and industry leadership. We are providing another tool for our managers allowing them more time to spend serving our clients and customers."

Data generated from Instill Market Intelligencesm (IMI) will allow Sodexho Marriott Services to identify emerging trends. With this information, the Company can enhance its ability to customize its recipes and menus to each of its market segments--health care, corporate and education.

Sodexho Marriott Services, Inc. (NYSE-SDH) is the largest provider of outsourced food and facilities management in North America, with $4.5 billion in annual sales. Sodexho Marriott Services offers a variety of innovative outsourcing solutions, including food services, housekeeping, grounds keeping, plant operations and maintenance, asset and materials management, and laundry to the corporate, government, health care, education and remote site markets. The Company is the 57th largest employer in North America with 103,000 employees and its headquarters is located at 9801 Washingtonian Boulevard, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.