SAN FRANCISCO — Walgreens has joined RangeMe, a platform that connects retailers with suppliers.
RangeMe gives retailers an efficient way to discover new products by allowing buyers to access information about suppliers, including company background, product specs and samples, the company said. It helps retailers such as Walgreens engage with a varied supplier base.
"Doing business with small and diverse suppliers is a key part of our corporate social responsibility strategy," said Carlos Cubia, vice president and global chief diversity officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance. "Being able to more easily access these suppliers is something that is very important to Walgreens, and we're pleased that the RangeMe platform allows us to find new ways to offer our customers great products."
RangeMe has more than 150,000 suppliers, CEO Nicky Jackson said.
"Supplier diversity doesn't just benefit the retailer or the supplier, it benefits the entire process as a whole. And we want to foster that development and movement, and the growth it brings,” Jackson said.
The platform also provides a way for suppliers to showcase their products to thousands of buyers, according to the RangeMe website.
RangeMe, which was acquired in 2017 by ECRM, is based in San Francisco.
Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreens is one of the nations’ largest drugstore chains, with about 9,560 stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.