Sysco really varies.
I admit I was spoiled in DC. An awesome rep -- working with Sodexho-Marriott, a big company, we had major pull, good pricing. Location, awesome - fantastic supplies almost limitless resources, could get almost anything I wanted without having to dropship for anything specialized.
Now, much smaller shipments; let's face it - but Sysco is one of the few that will deliver without a specified weekly shipment, I can do it as needed for B&B/catering. Sysco also has more variey than most, which is kind of scary. Pricing much higher - variety MUCH lower -- I can get all the tortillas, refried beans and chicken tenders I could want....but...even the upper end items they show at the food shows are drop ship, you may or may not be able to special order them. (They aren't in the reps computer systems...and many aren't inclined to look them up - the reps change monthly so it's a constant battle .... I've been told, "The Marriott settles for X"). Well, I'm not the kind that is inclined to settle for anything! Still, IF I get my hands on the exact numbers and if I push, I can get the special order through. Sometimes it's easier and more cost effective to do the Sam's/Costco/regular grocery store route (although currently we only have one major grocery chain in town beyond Super Target and Super Wal-Marts!) -- so it comes down to a quantity and time factor.
For my 3 weddings next weekend - do I have time to shop and do all prep, get all flowers & rooms ready, etc? Or do I go ahead and play the game, maybe sacrifice some of what I am looking for -- it can be a catch 22