RSS is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines or podcasts. An RSS document, which is called a "feed", "web feed", or "channel", contains a summary of content published by Sysco. RSS makes it possible for Sysco customers, affiliates and employees to keep up with our web sites in an automated manner that's easier than checking them manually. Through these feeds, you can be notified when new content has been published within the areas of Sysco that you are interested in. The content is routed to your desktop so you won't need to scan through your e-mail to find it. Using an RSS reader you have any or all of the news content that appears on any of Sysco's web sites sent directly to you.
RSS content can be read using software called a "feed reader" or an "aggregator." The user subscribes to a feed by entering the feed's link into the reader or by clicking an RSS icon in a browser that initiates the subscription process. The reader checks the user's subscribed feeds regularly for new content, downloading any updates that it finds.
The initials "RSS" are used to refer to the Really Simple Syndication format. The RSS format is specified using XML, a generic specification for the creation of data formats.
If you're interested in subscribing to the feeds and using RSS to access content on Sysco's Web Sites, please read the What is RSS section on this page.
What Is RSS?
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) provides a convenient way to syndicate information from a variety of sources, including news stories and updates to a web site. Regardless of the purpose for which the RSS file is being used, by watching this XML file, you can quickly and easily see whenever an update has occurred. Of course, viewing the RSS feed in Internet Explorer and hitting F5 every few minutes is not the most efficient use of your time, so most people take advantage of some form of client software to read and monitor RSS feeds.
There are many different RSS clients available, but here are a selected few that you may find useful:
Whenever you see the or symbols, they should link to an RSS feed that you can subscribe to via your RSS client.
If you'd rather not use a dedicated reader, My Yahoo! users can add RSS feeds directly to their personal page. Popular browsers Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox also have an RSS reader built right in.
You can subscribe for as much of Sysco's RSS feed content as you like. Either cut and paste the URL of the RSS feed into your reader or drag over the appropriate RSS button.
Subscribing to Sysco's RSS feeds using Internet Explorer 7
When you visit a page that offers an RSS feed you can subscribe to, you will see the symbol in two places:
- The on the right margin of the page
- The symbol on the Internet Explorer 7 browser toolbar
Clicking on any of the above symbols will take you to the RSS subscription page:
Click on the "Subscribe to this feed" link. The following dialog will appear.
(You can create folders to organized the RSS Feeds you are subscribed to)
The following confirmation page will be displayed:
Click on the "View feed properties" on the right margin of the page to edit the settings of this feed. The following dialog will be shows:
(You can define how frequently this feed will be automatically updated)
You can now click on the "View my feeds" link to see the RSS Feeds you have subscribed to. Sysco Feeds will appear and the contents will be automatically updated by your browser, based on the predefined schedule.
Subscribing to Sysco's RSS feeds using Mozilla Firefox
When you visit a page that offers an RSS feed you can subscribe to, you will see the symbol in the Firefox browser location bar:
Click on the symbol to subscribe to the RSS Feed. The following dialog will appear:
You can organize the RSS Feeds you have subscribed to in categories/folders
Once the Sysco RSS Feed has been registered in the Firefox browser, it will be added to the Dynamic Bookmark Toolbar: