Morrison Management Specialists Inc. announced today a strategic alliance with, a leading purchasing services firm in the foodservice industry utilizing e-business technology. Morrison says the partnership strengthens its purchasing power and over time will enhance its programs and continue to produce low costs. In announcing the partnership, Morrison Chairman and CEO Glenn Davenport said, "Our long-term plans call for a strong e-business strategy. We are exploring all opportunities available to us via the Internet. Purchasing has been identified as a key area in which we can achieve further cost savings and efficiencies, not only for our company but for our clients as well. We chose as our purchasing partner because of its management team and because this company has been the frontrunner in developing the business model for food purchasing technology." Currently, has approximately $850 million in food purchasing volume representing such members as International House of Pancakes and the U.S. Army Joint Services Prime Vendor Program. With the Morrison strategic alliance, will exceed its goal of $1 billion in volume for fiscal year 2000. is considered a "first mover" in the $150 billion U.S. foodservice-purchasing marketplace. Scott MacLellan, president and CEO of, predicts that the $150 billion foodservice industry stands to save millions of dollars annually by leveraging Internet purchasing solutions like those offered by "As a market leader, it is only natural that Morrison would be one of the first in the industry to take steps to ensure it is optimizing the benefits of the Internet. Today's partnership is a concrete example of how traditional 'brick and mortar' companies and 'dot coms' are going to join forces to create win-win solutions for the new economy," MacLellan said. According to Davenport, the benefits to Morrison include: