Meijer seeks Michigan business owners of color for product presentation

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Meijer plans to host a Supplier Diversity Product Showcase Event in September, giving Michigan businesses owned by people of color the opportunity to showcase their offerings to interested Meijer merchants.

The event the fourth such showcase the retailer has held since 2020 will take place with the participation of start the gardena business incubator based in Meijer’s hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan focused on empowering startups with financial, intellectual, and social capital.

“Our supplier diversity efforts represent an ongoing commitment to our customers and team members to deliver products and invest in partnerships that represent them and their communities,” said Peter Whitsett, executive vice president of merchandising. and marketing from Meijer. “We look forward to expanding our product assortment and creating a positive economic impact in our communities through this event.”

The multi-day in-person event will focus on apparel, footwear and accessories, as well as general merchandise. Michigan-based businesses owned by people of color and selling retail-ready products in these categories can apply by Friday, August 27 for consideration.

“After the success of our first three virtual supplier diversity 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. relationships with our team,” said Jamie Akemann, Group Vice President. global sourcing, indirect sourcing, supplier diversity and product quality at Meijer.

Once applications for the event have been submitted, Meijer and Start Garden will review and select vendors to participate in the September event. There, Meijer traders will meet with the selected vendors to learn more about their products, business models and growth plans through five-minute presentations. Following this, Meijer Merchants will provide retail opportunities for sellers willing to expand into Meijer stores with products that will best serve the retailer’s customers. Suppliers who are not ready to receive commercial offers at this time will be invited to Meijer’s next Roadmap to Retail event to learn the skills that will help them succeed in the future. Through this event, Meijer aims to nurture long-term relationships with suppliers and help them become future partners.

Various vendors who do not qualify for this event and those who offer services or products outside of the categories listed above may submit their information for consideration through the Meijer’s supplier diversity page.

In addition to joining Meijer in organizing this event, Start Garden is one of the retailer’s racial inequality investment partners: in 2020, the business incubator was one of 22 agencies in the Midwest. to share a $5 million investment from the retailer.

Meijer operates 257 supercenters and grocery stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. The company is #18 on The PG 100’s 2021 list, Progressive Grocer’s of the leading food and consumables retailers in North America.

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