Michigan-based grocery chain Meijer has announced it is seeking new and diverse suppliers for its own brand products, and will hold a three-day event to find them. The March 29-31 Supplier Diversity event will give diverse-owned businesses nationwide the opportunity to showcase their offerings for interested Meijer buyers and procurement teams.
"Our supplier diversity efforts reach beyond just the brands customers see on our shelves," said Peter Whitsett, Meijer’s EVP of merchandising and marketing. "We aim to support diverse-owned businesses throughout our stores, from the products we offer to the signage we hang and the services that keep the stores running. That's why we're excited to include a broad range of business categories in this event."
Certified minority, LGBTQ+, woman, veteran and disability-owned businesses with products or services in the listed categories can apply by Monday, Feb. 7 for consideration in the event, hosted in part by ECRM and RangeMe. Once applications for the event are submitted, Meijer teams will review and select the vendors they would like to meet virtually.
Suppliers not chosen for the event will still be accessible through the RangeMe or STARS registration tools and may be reviewed by Meijer buyers and business teams again in the future as business needs change.
Diverse-owned brands with merchandise in the following retail categories can apply for the event here:
- Beauty and personal care
- Over-the-counter and wellness
- General merchandise
Additionally, Meijer is accepting submissions from diverse-owned business service providers offering the following goods and services here:
- Inbound transportation carriers
- Skilled trades for construction and facility maintenance
- All business services (Marketing, HR, IT and Financial)
- Supplies, packaging, MRO and signage
- Environmental, real estate and new site services
- Store fixtures, manufacturing and warehousing equipment
Founded in Grand Rapids, Mich. in 1934, Meijer operates over 258 supercenters and grocery stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.