Meijer Expands Third Supplier Diversity Event to Seek Merchandise Brands and Service Providers from Diverse Companies

“Our supplier diversity efforts go beyond the brands customers see on our shelves,” said Peter Whitset, Meijer Executive Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing. “Our goal is to support diversely owned businesses in our stores, from the products we offer to the signage we hang and the services that keep stores running. That’s why we’re excited to include a wide range of business categories in this event. ”

Various brands owned by merchandise owners in the following retail categories can apply for the event here:

  • Beauty and personal care
  • Over-the-counter and wellness
  • General Merchandise
  • Grocery store

In addition, the retailer accepts bids from variously owned business service providers offering the following goods and services here:

  • Incoming carriers
  • Specialized trades for the construction and maintenance of facilities
  • All business services (Marketing, HR, IT and Financial)
  • Supplies, packaging, MRO and signage
  • Environmental services, real estate and new construction sites
  • Store fixtures, manufacturing and warehousing equipment

Certified minority, LGBTQ, female, veteran, and disabled businesses offering products or services in the listed categories may apply by Monday, February 7 for exam.

Meijer partners with ECRM and RangeMe, to host the retail product portion of the event through the company’s ECRM Connect virtual platform. Suppliers of non-retail goods and services will register through STARS, an application hosted by Viva, another third-party partner.

Once applications for the event have been submitted, Meijer teams will review and select the vendors they wish to meet virtually. Suppliers not chosen for the event will still be accessible through the RangeMe or STARS registration tools and may be reviewed again by Meijer buyers and sales teams in the future as business needs change. .

“As we continue our supplier diversity journey, we are excited to expand this event to include all types of businesses we partner with in our stores,” said Jamie Akemann, Group Vice-President Indirect Purchasing and Supplier Diversity.

About Meijer: Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.retailer that operates more than 258 supercenters and grocery stores across Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. Privately owned and family owned since 1934, Meijer pioneered the ‘one stop shop’ concept and has evolved over the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, full clothing departments, departments for pets, garden centers, toys and electronics. For more information about Meijer, please visit Follow Meijer on Twitter and or become a fan of