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Dollar General goes virtual with effort to increase supplier diversity

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Dollar General Corp. is partnering to hold a virtual supplier diversity summit. 

The discounter has teamed up with Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing (ECRM) to hold a Supplier and Diversity Innovation Summit on September 16. The virtual event will provide companies holding a wide variety of diversity certifications that have not sold products to Dollar General within the past 18 months with an opportunity to meet with the chain’s merchandise buyers and category managers.

“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.”

In order to participate, suppliers must hold at least one of the diversity certifications and provide items listed in the categories below:

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“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 from Wednesday, July 22 through end of day on Friday, August 7, 2020.

Selected companies will be notified via email by ECRM of the time of their virtual meeting with a member of the Dollar General merchandising team.

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