GPM Partners to Host Open Buying Day

The convenience group is looking for emerging suppliers to help drive sales across its brands.

August 25, 2021

Fas Mart Convenience Store

RICHMOND, Va.—GPM Investments LLC, a subsidiary of ARKO Corp., said it will hold its first Open Buying Day in October in partnership with ECRM and RangeMe and is inviting emerging suppliers to apply to showcase their products at the invitation-only virtual event.

Suppliers across all categories may apply for a chance to present and sell their products directly to GPM’s 1,400-company operated stores across its entire family of community brands. Interested suppliers must be able to distribute to at least 80% of GPM’s stores via Core-Mark, Grocery Supply Co. or through direct store delivery (DSD) and meet all insurance requirements. Suppliers currently doing business with GPM or have presented the product to GPM in the past six months are ineligible to participate.

Suppliers must apply for consideration between Aug. 23 and Sept. 5, 2021. GPM will review submissions and notify suppliers selected for the event individually.

“We are looking forward to conducting our first open buying day, inviting suppliers from around the world to showcase their products to the category team at GPM. You never know where the next new item or category will come from. We are always looking for new growth opportunities to meet our customers’ needs,” said Michael Bloom, executive vice president and chief marketing and merchandising officer at GPM Investments. “Partnering with RangeMe allows us to streamline the process and build relationships with a wide variety of suppliers. This translates to capturing innovation potentially earlier than others, a robust assortment of products for our customers to choose from, and ultimately more sales for our stores, benefitting all stakeholders.”

At the recent NACS HR Forum, GPM discussed the benefits of businesses embracing virtual environments, particularly when it comes to hiring in today’s day and age. To read more about how GPM has been expanding and building its portfolio of chains by embracing innovations, local nuances, community connections and technology, read “Tying It All Together” in NACS Magazine.