“Our supplier diversity efforts represent an ongoing commitment to our customers and our team members to deliver products and invest in partnerships that represent them and their communities, âsaid Peter Whitsett, Meijer Executive Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing. “We look forward to expanding our product assortment and creating a positive economic impact in our communities through this event.”
The multi-day event will be held in person and will focus on the following categories:
- Clothing, shoes and accessories
- General merchandise
Blacks, Indigenous people and people of color Michigan– companies with retail ready products in these categories can apply by Friday August 27 for exam here.
âFollowing the success of our first three supplier diversity virtual events, we are excited to try something a little different by focusing on local brands and providing a live opportunity for these suppliers to build relationships. with our team â, declared Jamie Akemann, Group Vice President of Global Sourcing, Indirect Purchasing, Supplier Diversity and Product Quality at Meijer.
Once the applications are submitted, the Start Garden and Meijer teams will review and select the suppliers who will attend the event in September. There, Meijer traders will meet selected vendors to learn more about their products, business models and growth plans through 5 minute presentations. After getting to know the participants, Meijer traders will assign retail opportunities to suppliers ready to expand into Meijer stores with products that will best serve Meijer customers. Salespeople who are not ready to receive commercial offers at that time will be invited to the retailer’s next Roadmap to Retail event to learn more important skills to help them be successful in the future. Through this event, Meijer plans to nurture long-term relationships with suppliers and help them become future partners.
Although this event is only open to businesses owned by Blacks, Indigenous people and people of color in Michigan, Meijer is committed to supporting businesses across the diversity spectrum. Various vendors who do not qualify for this event and those who offer services or products outside of the categories mentioned above are encouraged to submit their information for review via the supplier diversity page.
In addition to partnering with Meijer to host this event, Start Garden is also one of the retailer’s racial inequity investment partners. In 2020, Start Garden was one of 22 Midwestern agencies to share a $ 5 million Meijer’s investment to create a future of hope, equality and respect in black and African American communities.
For more information on the retailer’s diversity and inclusion efforts, please click here.
About Meijer: Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Michigan.retailer that operates 257 supercentres and grocery stores across Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A private and family business since 1934, Meijer pioneered the concept of ‘one-stop-shopping’ and has evolved over the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, full clothing departments, pet shelves, garden centers, toys and electronics. For more information about Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @ twitter.com / Meijer and @ twitter.com / MeijerPR or become a fan of www.facebook.com/meijer.
About Start Garden: Start Garden is an entrepreneur-driven economic development innovator who works to make Michigan the best place to start a business. Its goal is to remove the systemic barriers that have prevented future business owners from starting and growing. It does this by making sure that financial capital, social capital, intellectual capital and physical infrastructure are accessible to entrepreneurs from all walks of life, trying to get a feel for the terrain. Learn more about startgarden.com.