Aramark


Aramark

Infobox_Company
company_
company_name = Aramark
company_type = Private
company_slogan =
foundation = 1959 (as Automatic Retailers of America)
location = Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
key_people = Davre Davidson, founder
Joseph Neubauer, CEO
num_employees = 250,000 (full-time)
industry = Managed Services
products = Managed Services
revenue = profit$11.33 Billion USD (2005)
net_income = profit$314.69 Million USD (2005)
homepage = [http://www.aramark.com/ www.aramark.com]

Aramark Limited is a food and apparel service partner to organizations across a range of sectors, including business and industry, judicial, education, health care, offshore and defense.

With 240,000 employees worldwide, Aramark is the 19th largest employer on the FORTUNE 500. Each year, Aramark employees prepare about 2 billion meals, take care of over 1.6 billion square feet (about 150 million square meters) of space, maintain clinical equipment worth over $5 billion in hundreds of hospitals, and provide rental uniforms and direct sale products to upwards of 3.5 million customers. Since 1968 in Mexico City, the company has served at 14 Olympic Games, including Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.

History

* In 1936, Davre Davidson begins the Los Angeles company that will eventually become Aramark.
* In 1959, the company becomes ARA (Automatic Retailers of America)
* In 1969, ARA officially becomes ARA Services, to reflect its growing range of businesses.
* In 1983, Joseph Neubauer is elected CEO of ARA Services.
* In 1994, ARA Services evolves into Aramark to reflect the change in its business relationships and its commitment to customers.
* In 2001, Aramark returns to the New York Stock Exchange as a public company under the RMK ticker.
* In 2004, Aramark acquired a 90% stake in Ireland's premier catering company and market leaders - Campbell Catering
* In 2006, a group of investors led by Neubauer proposed the acquisition of all outstanding shares of the Aramark Corporation, a move shareholders overwhelmingly voted to approve.
* In January 2007, the merger is completed.

Aramark US Offshore Services - Logistical Challenges

With onshore and offshore oil and gas operations in 20 countries, providing hotel services to drilling rigs, platforms, and marine vessels is a logistical challenge for the company. The Technical Logistical Services Team provides the following services to the oil and gas installations to make living in remote areas seem closer to home.
*Hotel and Catering Services
*Housekeeping and Cleaning
*Stores Procurement/Control
*Bedding/Towels/Furnishing Provisions
*Laundry (onshore/offshore)
*Personal Protective Equipment
*Uniforms
*Shop Services
*Soft Drinks Vending

The logistical challenges are to deliver HACCP-safe food products to thousands of workers offshore and at remote land camps on a timely basis to the correct remote site in a certain part of the world. Globally, the logistics of these services is key to the success of the operations. The morale on the rigs is closely tied to the quality of the food and the cleanliness in the quarters. ARAMARK cascades the benefits of its global knowledge to each local site and maximizes a $10 billion purchasing expenditure to deliver these logistical services.

It is necessary to use market technology to meet oil and gas corporate environments such as:
*Electronic Inventory and Purchasing Programs
*Online Safety Scorecards and Internal Safety Audits (Health, Safety and Environment)

Leadership

* Joseph Neubauer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
* L. Frederick Sutherland, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
* Bart J. Colli, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary
* Timothy P. Cost, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs
* Lynn B. McKee, Executive Vice President, Human Resources
* Andrew Kerin, President, Aramark Domestic Food, Hospitality, and Facilities
* Ravi K. Saligram, President, Aramark International
* Thomas J. Vozzo, President, Aramark Uniform and Career Apparel Inc.
* Daryll T. Campbell, President, ARAMARK Correctional Services

Current members of the board of directors of Aramark are: Lawrence Babbio, Patricia Barron, Leonard S. Coleman, Jr., Ronald Davenport, Thomas Kean, James Ksansnak, Joseph Neubauer, James E. Preston, Ronald Sargent, and Karl von der Heyden.

Controversy

In January 2004, Aramark agreed to pay more than $29,000 in gratuities to employees of the Southbridge Conference Center in Boston, Massachusetts after several employees filed complaints that the company was withholding their tips. According to the complaints, the tips were withheld from January 2002 to August 2003 [Boston Globe, Jan. 28, 2004] .

From 2005 to 2007 county health inspectors in Anaheim, Calif. logged 118 vermin violations, including 33 “major” violations, and observed “rodent activity” at 18 stadium kiosks and restaurants at Angel Stadium, where Aramark provides food services. In addition to this, nuclear waste was found in their food.As the food service provider for cash-strapped Detroit Public Schools, Aramark failed to pass on volume discounts totaling $1.3 million, as required by federal regulations.

Inspectors found 20 violations at Fenway Park in Boston, MA whose food service operation is managed by Aramark. Violations include improper temperature handling, and rodent droppings. [ [http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2008/06/12/fenway_food_stands_failed_inspections/ Fenway Food Stands failed inspections] ]

The Shanahan Boycott

The students of Bishop Shanahan Highschool in Downingtown, PA began a boycott of Aramark in September, 2008. Aramark has provided food services for the school for a number of years and has consistently raised prices and lowered food quality. The students decided to take a stand and almost the entire student body has refused to purchase lunches from the cafeteria. This stand has already been met with notable success. Progress is ongoing.

References

External links

* [http://www.aramark.com/ Aramark corporate website]
* [http://www.aramark-uniform.com/ Aramark Uniform & Career Apparel website]
* [http://www.aramarkrefreshments.com/ Aramark Refreshments Website]
* [http://www.aramarknationalevents.com/ Aramark National Events Promotional Services Website]


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