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									Grocery Industry

  Becoming A Produce
  Supplier
Process Requirements

Companies differ in terms of Preliminary
  Process Requirements, but the information
  requested of you is generally the same.
EXAMPLES
    Wal-Mart

    Kroger

    Albertsons

    ALDI
Wal-Mart
TO SUPPLY TO YOUR LOCAL WAL-MART:

1.    Contact the Store Manager/Food Merchandiser.
2.    The Store Manager/Food Merchandiser will review your product.
3.    If your product is accepted, you will fill out a Local Supplier Questionnaire,
      which will be obtained from the Store Manager/Food Merchandiser.
4.    You will obtain a Supplier Evaluation Report (SER) from Dun & Bradstreet
      by calling (800) 333-0505; it will cost you about $75.
5.    The Store Manager/Food Merchandiser will submit the Questionnaire along
      with your Dun & Bradstreet number and SER, UCC Membership number,
      and Certificate of Liability Insurance to the Wal-Mart Home Office.

Wait for further correspondence.
Wal-Mart
FOR EXPANDED OPERATIONS:
  Go to Supplier Info Online
  Purchase a Supplier Evaluation Report (SER) from D&B
   (Dun & Bradstreet)
  Fill out Supplier Proposal Questionnaire Online
   (separate one for Sam’s)
  Receive UserID & Password via email for access to
   Retail Link if granted/initiated
  Receive email either rejecting or initiating supplier
   agreement
Wal-Mart (contd.)
If supplier agreement initiated:
1)    Provide copy of product liability certificate of insurance
2)    Mail a Sample of product along with a copy of Uniform Code
      Council (UPC) letter and pricing or product literature to:
          Supplier Development
          Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
          702 SW 8th St.
          Bentonville, AR 72716-0145
3)    If you are a Minority/Women-Owned Business: Fax copy of
      certification to 479-277-2532
        Kroger
1)   Go to: Doing Business with Kroger
2)   Complete Supplier Diversity Program registration form
     and send to:
        Ms. Denise Thomas
        Supplier Diversity Coordinator, The Kroger Co.
        1014 Vine Street
        Cincinnati, OH 45202-1100
3)   Complete supplier questionnaire
4)   Contact Kroger’s Supplier Diversity Manager for
     referral to appropriate buyers
5)   Follow up with key contacts provided
Albertsons
Product info must be submitted on business letterhead stationary &
    include:

   Detailed description of the product and its uses
   Suggested retail and cost information
   List of other companies who sell the product
   Any promotion and marketing specifics
   Authorized contacts
   Business history
   Brochure (if available)
Albertsons (contd.)
The package should be addressed to:

   Food Division: (Albertsons, Acme, and Jewel)
   Attention: Produce Department
   Albertsons
   250 Parkcenter Boulevard
   Boise, ID 83706
     ALDI
ALDI is a leading private label grocer in the United
  States and abroad.

   To begin the process of supplying to ALDI,
    forward your company information to:

    ALDI Corporate Purchasing
    1200 N. Kirk Road
    Batavia, IL 60510
Marketing

Effective Marketing leads to success in
   today’s competitive environment.
Industry News

Knowledge of Produce Industry News is
  important for sustaining competitiveness.
Contact Database
Contains contact info for potential produce
  buyers:
      grocery chains
      independent grocers
      other entities

								
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