Why Join?


Who is F4SS?

F4SS is a non-profit organization with a primary goal to establish a forum whereby CPG marketers, external manufacturers, and secondary packagers can share the best practices towards the creation of Industry Standards aimed at improving efficiency and reducing supply chain costs. F4SS has nearly 60 members, which translates into approximately 1,110,000 employees and over $522,866,100 in annual sales.

Why F4SS?

Today, CPG supply chain executives find themselves caught in increasingly complex tradeoffs involving cost, service, and organizational capability development. Customers are more demanding, the environment is fiercely competitive, and there is building pressure to reduce costs while continuing to focus on profitability and growth.


Immediate Benefits of F4SS Membership:

REDUCED COSTS - Reduced supply chain costs through collaboration and implementation of standard processes.
BENCHMARKING - Compare your organization to others in the industry.
NETWORKING - Access to key industry leaders. F4SS has the highest concentration of executive participation and event attendance within the industry.
ACCESS TO BEST PRACTICES - Exclusive access to proprietary tools and processes via the member area of our website.
BROADENING OPPORTUNITY - Exposure to functional experts among leading CPG customers and suppliers via initiative team participation.
KNOWLEDGE - Learn from thought leaders in the industry.
RELEVANCE - Initiatives and conferences focus on critical industry issues.
INNOVATION - Gain new product and process ideas via organization interaction that can result in faster speed to market and increased productivity.
LEADERSHIP - Help to establish industry standard business processes.
F4SS EVENTS - F4SS hosts two major industry-specific events each year. As a member, you are eligible for the discounted F4SS Member rate (50%).

Additional Benefits:

  • Smarter Suppliers
  • Higher Standards
  • More Choices
  • Simpler is Better - Adopting Standard Best Practices

F4SS Value Proposition:

F4SS is an organization that strives to deliver value to its members. In fact, organization priorities and leadership benchmark activities are the value delivered to members. An organization like F4SS cannot deliver change to an industry like Consumer Packaged Goods in the immediate term. We are, however, clearly on track to deliver long-term value by significantly improving industry business process.
Our members tell us, "You get out what you put in." Others have told us that the value they reap from their membership offsets their dues many times over.

Time Investment (If Member joins F4SS Initiative Team):

  • Semi-annual Events (2 to 3 days)
  • Initiative team conference calls (average an hour monthly for participants)
  • Initiative team meetings semi-annually (average 2 days)

Financial Investment:

Annual dues (based on the schedule). Funds are used to support the following activities:
  • Organization infrastructure including the staff and materials
  • Anti-trust and legal fees
  • Annual event organization & coordination
  • Coordination of Initiative Teams
  • Initiative Team semi-annual meetings
  • Research studies
  • Website
  • Member companies assign subject matter experts to support those Initiative Teams of interest to the member


  • Increased efficiency from streamlined practices with your customers/suppliers.
  • Input to business & operating processes in standardization efforts.
  • Exposure to industry benchmarking, best practices, & business changes.
  • Develop business network with key CPG branded marketers & suppliers to develop an "open-source" approach within the industry.
  • Contribute to the formation of the recommended industry platform for the future.
  • Early adopter benefits from employing best practices as well as newly established/emerging standards.
  • Exposure to educational events to keep current on industry issues and expand organizational competencies.
  • Exposure to CPG industry leading customers and suppliers.