ALDI Seeking Suppliers for Southeast Buying Event 9/16/2015
ALDI, a top-25 US food retailer that operates more than 1,400 stores across 32 states, is hosting a supplier engagement event at the new ALDI Royal Palm Beach Divisional Distribution Center Wednesday, November 4, to meet with potential suppliers about the opportunity to become an ALDI partner.
The event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes lunch and will feature a presentation from ALDI, testimony from a current ALDI supplier and an in-depth tour of the 650,000-square-foot Royal Palm Beach Divisional Distribution Center. This will allow potential suppliers to see how products are received, selected and shipped to stores. Attendees will also gain insight into the benefits of doing business with ALDI, its long-term approach to supplier partnerships and information on how to become an ALDI supplier.
At the conclusion of the presentation and tour, supplier-attendees will have an opportunity to participate in one-on-one meetings with ALDI buyers.
“ALDI takes great pride in its supplier-partner relationships and believes that longevity and trust in its business relationships are essential to ensure the high quality and reliability of the products it provides to customers,” said Josh Williamson, director of regional buying, ALDI. “Becoming an ALDI supplier offers companies an opportunity to increase their sales by producing products under an ALDI exclusive brand, ensuring predictable, steady volume and excellent customer exposure. ALDI is looking to expand its supplier-partner relationships to manufacturers in Florida and the southeastern US to support our growth.”
What ALDI is looking for
ALDI is looking for manufacturers of food and non-food products that can produce items included in its everyday assortment. ALDI stocks more than 1,300 of the most commonly purchased grocery items and, as it enters new markets, it seeks to carry a few high-volume, local favorites, as well. “ALDI works with the best suppliers to produce products for ALDI exclusive brands,” added Williamson. “Today, more than 90 percent of ALDI products are sold under our exclusive label. For this event, manufacturers with facilities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia are encouraged to attend.”
ALDI is working closely with ECRM’s Retail Group on the event. ECRM’s Retail Group was formed to take a strategic account approach with its Tier 1 retail clients that impact all ECRM’s category-specific events. By doing so, ECRM is able to develop individualized plans to help retail clients go to market faster and alleviate any of their daily challenges, whether those challenges are coordinating competitive line reviews or helping source new suppliers. The ALDI buying event is an example of such custom initiatives.
“We teamed up with ECRM because they have the experience, knowledge and tools to help us reach key suppliers in the southeast,” said Williamson. “We’re excited to work with ECRM to help us expand our reach in the region and seek new supplier partners that can provide our customers with high-quality products at everyday low prices.”
Suppliers interested in applying for the event can contact Brianna LaRose, Retail Director, ECRM at 440-528-4268, or via email at BLaRose@ecrm.marketgate.com
Hello, my name is David Calloway and I am the Retail Sales Director for Atlas Paper Mills. I am very interested in speaking with about this opportunity. I can be reached at 615-947-7987. Thank you.
Hi, My Name is Steven McPherson with Stevie Macs Gourmet Sauces in Florida.We have been making hot sauces and table sauces for 15 years and would like the opportunity to present our best selling products. I can be reached at 727-723-5406 or www.steviemacs.com