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DALLAS - Leading convenience-store chain 7-Eleven Inc. has streamlined its application and selection process for potential suppliers by launching a vendor/supplier application that uses Internet-based technology.
"7-Eleven is always seeking fresh, high-quality products and services to meet customers' convenience needs," said Kathy Walsh, 7-Eleven director of emerging technology. "The new vendor/supplier application streamlines the process of getting the newest products and services to market faster for both 7-Eleven and its potential suppliers."
The application form is available at www.7-eleven.com, in the Products & Services section. Potential vendors submit information about their products or services by completing the online form, which then is posted securely to the company's intranet. E-mails alert appropriate category managers at 7-Eleven so they can review the applications, while suppliers can return to the website to check their status.
"The new application is designed to manage the communication process between prospective vendors and the 7-Eleven category managers who review and select new products," Walsh said. "It also enables vendors who currently supply individual 7-Eleven franchise owners to potentially access the larger network of 7-Eleven stores."
The enterprise solution was developed by 7-Eleven's information systems department, with direction and input from the company's category management, procurement and urban/minority affairs groups.
"We want prospective vendors and entrepreneurs to seek out 7-Eleven as a potential business partner," said Michael Baldwin, 7-Eleven's national urban affairs manager. "This application process supports our merchandising initiatives to offer items that are first to market and best in class. The new process helps create a winning environment for customers, vendors and 7-Eleven."