LOS GATOS, Calif. — BJ’s Wholesale Club has tapped FoodLink, a fresh food commerce and traceability platform, to assist in the sourcing and purchasing of fresh produce across BJ’s 15-state chain.
“Produce is an increasingly important category for our club members, and we are always looking for ways to provide high quality products at a value,” said Jeff Desroches, SVP, director of logistics, BJ’s Wholesale Club. “FoodLink will help us improve supply chain visibility into market data and enable us to work closely with our suppliers to better meet the needs of our members.”
Headquartered in Westborough, Mass., BJ's is a leading operator of warehouse clubs in the eastern U.S., and carries more than 7,000 items.
By placing all produce orders over FoodLink, BJ’s joins a network that already includes all fresh food purchases by major retailers and wholesalers such as Ahold USA, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Associated Wholesale Grocers and Roundy’s Supermarkets.
“Like all of the retailers on FoodLink, BJ’s is a company that truly understands the importance of the fresh category,” said Eric Peters, CEO, FoodLink. “We look forward to helping them accelerate the advantages of using better data, more efficient buying processes and new levels of supply chain visibility to succeed in an extremely competitive environment.”
The Foodlink network consists of more than 2,000 retail grocers and their fresh food suppliers, including growers, shippers, carriers and third-party brokers and wholesalers.