In January, a new platform emerged with the sole purpose of serving private brand suppliers looking to connect with retailer partners and vice versa. Called Trade Beyond, the mobile app and website currently work with 30 retailers and 3,000 suppliers.
Trade Beyond, a CBX Software company, is headquartered in Hong Kong, with offices in the United States, Europe and throughout Asia, so the network has a large international contingent of suppliers.
Among the platform's differentiators is the fact that it only is looking to supply retailers with items to be sold under store brand labels or as an exclusive.
Though similar platforms exist, they have different purposes. FMI’s Food Industry Exchange is an outlet for retailers to source private brands and connect, but it was primarily created to help suppliers and retailers efficiently move product during the COVID-19 pandemic. ECRM's RangeMe mainly connects major national brands and their umbrella brands, challenger brands, natural and organic companies, and others with retailers looking to buy cases of a certain product, for example, but also acts as a way for retailers to source private brand products.