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Harris Teeter To Host Supplier Diversity Summit

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Matthews, North Carolina-based Harris Teeter will invite diverse product suppliers to apply to join a virtual Supplier Diversity Summit, to be held March 28-30.

The company will work to identify and increase sourcing from suppliers that are at least 51 percent owned, operated and managed by people who are: disadvantaged, disabled, LGBTQ+, military veterans, minorities and/or women and sell grocery, general merchandise and/or beauty and personal care products

“Our goal is for Harris Teeter – our people and our products – to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve,” said Danna Robinson, director of corporate affairs. “Through the identification and support of minority-owned businesses, Harris Teeter will cultivate new vendor relationships to empower diverse suppliers and enhance economic growth.”

Certified minority-, LGBTQ+-, woman-, veteran- and disability-owned businesses with retail-ready products in the following categories can apply by Feb. 10 for consideration here.

Available categories are perishables, non-perishables, non-foods, health and beauty care and general merchandise.

Harris Teeter is partnering with RangeMe, an ECRM company and the industry standard online product sourcing platform, to manage all product submissions by qualifying and connecting suppliers with the appropriate Harris Teeter associates.

Upon receipt of applications, Harris Teeter associates will review and select the vendors they would like to meet with virtually through the ECRM Connect meeting platform. Suppliers not chosen for the event will still be accessible through RangeMe and may be reviewed by Harris Teeter again in the future.

Vendors which do not qualify for the summit are encouraged to submit information for consideration through the retailer’s Supplier Community page.

Harris Teeter is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co. The regional grocery chain has about 35,000 employees and operates stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Maryland, Delaware, Florida and the District of Columbia.

The grocer was recently named The Shelby Report of the Southeast’s Retailer of the Year. In addition, President Tammy DeBoer was named Female Executive of the Year and past President Rod Antolock was inducted into The Shelby Report’s Food Industry Hall of Fame.

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