Family Dollar to Host Open Buy Days for HBC, GM & Food Suppliers  8/25/2017

Family Dollar is seeking NEW suppliers to attend its Open Buy Day, during which it will review new potential branded and private brand suppliers. The Event is to be held at its Matthews, N.C.-headquarters Thursday, October 19 for Household Cleaning, Paper, GM and HBC and Thursday, October 26, for the Food, Beverage and Pet categories.

The Open Buy Day consists of two segments, including a nonfoods segment on 10/19/2017 overseen by Mike Mannion, Family Dollar’s SVP of Merchandising for Household Products and HBA, and a grocery segment on 10/26/2017 overseen by Mike Wilkins, SVP of Merchandising for Food/Beverages/Pet and Tobacco.

“We are interested in reviewing your best items that are innovative, unique, and can drive incremental sales with our value-minded customers,” said Mannion. “We are seeking to keep our shelf assortments, our off shelf promotional and seasonal programs fresh, relevant, and innovative.”

Wilkins added: “Expanding our vendor base to find relevant differentiated innovative items for our customers that grow sales is critical to the value we provide our customers.”

Family Dollar’s growth plans for 2017 and 2018 include opening hundreds of new stores and remodels to its current 8000+ store base to serve the consumer and grow sales for the company and its vendor partners.

Following are the breakdowns of the two Open Buy Day segments, and the categories for which Family Dollar is seeking new suppliers. Within these categories, Family Dollar is looking for POG items, in and out product opportunities, monthly and seasonal off shelf opportunities, end caps, power panels and clip strip programs.

Household Products and Health/Beauty Needs (Meetings will be held on Thursday, October 19):

  • Hair Care, Hair accessories, Beauty Care, Skin Care, Bath, Cosmetics, Fragrance 
  • Multi-Cultural Hair Care, Multi-Cultural Beauty Care
  • Oral Care, Shave, Deodorant
  • Pain Relief, Cough & Cold Remedy, Allergy, Lip Care, Digestive Health, First Aid
  • Vitamin/Nutrition
  • Laundry, Household Cleaners, Paper Towels
  • Trash Bags, Semi-Durable and Disposable Food Storage, Plates, Cups, Napkins
  • Hardware, Automotive Supplies

Food/Beverage and Pet (Meetings will be held on Thursday, October 26):
  • Dry Grocery, Salty Snacks, Cookies/Crackers
  • Beverages
  • Candy
  • Dairy, Frozen Foods, Pkg. Deli
  • Pet Food, Treats and Accessories
ECRM will be organizing and managing the event, which will include upwards of 20 Family Dollar category managers


Joseph Tarnowski

VP Content


Amie Pelayo
September 19, 2017 10:40 AM

Hello Joseph, We are interested in both Family Dollar's Open Buy Days. Please let me know how to register. Tks, Amie Pelayo President - CEO 8600 NW 17 Street Suite 122 Doral, Florida 33126 Phone (305) 670-9292 Fax (305) 774-7617

Emilio Smeke
September 19, 2017 12:42 PM

Joseph, Same here.. How do we sign up? STEVEN MOATS Vice President of Sales Daily Concepts a division of Industrias T.TAIO (512) 848-4799

Cheri Simpson
September 21, 2017 9:43 AM

Please advise how to register for this event. Surely we have longer than 2 days to register.

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