Dollar General wants to expand the diversity of its product offerings, and it’s holding a virtual event that gives new suppliers a chance to meet with merchandise buyers and category managers.
The 2020 Supplier and Diversity Innovation Summit, to be held Sept. 16, is open to companies holding a variety of diversity certifications that have not sold products to Dollar General within the past 18 months.
The retailer, which is No. 16 on the RIS News Top 100 Retailers list, is teaming with Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing (ECRM) for the event.
Products must fall under the beauty, personal care, over-the-counter/wellness, general merchandise or grocery categories. The diversity certifications include:
- Women Business Enterprise (WBE)
- Women Owned Small Business (WOSB)
- Ethnic Minority Owned- NMSDC Certified
- State Certified Minority Owned
- Veteran Owned- NaVOBA
- Service-Disabled Veteran Owned- VA Confirmed
- Disability- Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE) Certification
- Disadvantaged Business Enterprise- Government Certified
- Small Disadvantaged Business- Government Certified
- Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual or Transgender Owned- NGLCC Certified
- Small Business Certified- SBA(8)A Certified
- WBENC Certified
“We are excited to host our 2020 Supplier and Diversity Innovation Summit and engage with potential new vendors as part of Dollar General’s continual efforts to provide relevant products to our customers,” said Jason Reiser, Dollar General’s executive VP and chief merchandising officer. “We are grateful for the continued partnership with Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing (ECRM) to support these ongoing efforts, and we look forward to learning about how new businesses and products can best serve our customers.”
“Respecting the dignity and differences of others is a core value and cultural cornerstone of Dollar General, and this year’s Supplier and Diversity Innovation Summit reflects our ongoing efforts to offer the right products for each unique customer and community we serve,” said Johné Battle, Dollar General’s VP of diversity and inclusion. “We are proud to serve a diverse consumer base throughout the communities we call home and look forward to the opportunity to find more relevant products to meet their needs.”
To apply, interested suppliers, companies and manufacturers may submit their product information at www.rangeme.com/dgsupplierdiversity from July 22 through Aug. 7. Selected companies are expected to be notified via email by ECRM of the time of their virtual meeting with a member of the Dollar General merchandising team.
Dollar General and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation also recently announced a combined $5 million pledge in support of racial equality. Funds will be distributed to national and local organizations focused on literacy, education and racial and social justice.
Dollar General operate 16,500 stores in 46 states, and it’s committed to opening more stores this year despite the challenged retail landscape.