“Our new partnership with RangeMe will help immensely in streamlining Natural Grocers’ vendor submission program,” said Laura Perkins, Natural Grocers vice president of purchasing. “The digitization of the process means that before samples are even sent we can quickly see which vendor submissions meet our high-quality standards. The efficiency this brings to our process helps save on shipping and packaging waste and allows the purchasing team time to focus on key items and categories that we are looking to expand. We are also excited about the possibilities RangeMe provides in connecting us with new brands and products.”
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Natural Grocers noted that it continues to expand its offerings by adding products that meet its high-quality guidelines, which include a clearly defined list of ingredients it will not carry that is used when vetting products to carry on its shelves.
Ingredients on the retailer’s do not carry list include hydrogenated oils, colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives, which are routinely evaluated against the latest research, the company said.
“Natural Grocers is deeply committed to the communities they serve, and providing those communities with the innovative, high-quality products they want is critical,” said Nicky Jackson, CEO and founder of RangeMe. “They have high standards for their products across all departments, and with more than 200,000 suppliers on RangeMe, their buyers can connect with both emerging and established brands that meet those standards.”
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Leveraging RangeMe will help streamline the discovery process by getting products in front of Natural Grocers’ Standards teams more efficiently and help qualify vendor submissions early on. This will also eliminate the shipping of samples that do not meet their criteria, avoiding any shipping and packaging waste.