Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do I become an ALDI Supplier?
A. If you are not familiar with ALDI and our concept, we invite you to visit one of our store locations as well as our website: www.aldi.us. You can make use of our Store Finder function by using the Store Locator link.
Once you have visited an ALDI location, we encourage you to re-visit our website and click on “About ALDI” in the tool bar then select “Supplier Opportunities” and review the webpage for further details.
Click on “Become a Supplier” in the tool bar or the “Become a Supplier” icon and review the webpage for further details. Please view our supplier overview video for more details.
Follow the instructions outlined on the main page of our supplier site.
Q. What are ALDI’s margins?
A. We work on different margins for each item. Please focus on providing your best possible cost rather than using a margin as a guide.
Q. What is a special buy?
A. A special buy is a two week in & out promotion. You will provide product one time, typically for all of our Divisions. If the promotion performs well, we may consider repeating it either later in the year or the same time next year.
Q. If special buy product does not sell through within the 2-week display, are we responsible for taking back unsold product?
A. ALDI does not return any unsold product (non-food exceptions based on warranties).
Q. What is a core range item?
A. A core range item is an item that we sell everyday in our stores.
Q. What is a mixed case?
A. A mixed case is a single case comprised of two to three varieties of a given product. For example, a mixed case may contain 3 units of Creamy Peanut Butter along with 3 units of Crunchy Peanut Butter. Not all ALDI products require a mixed case. A mixed case is dependent upon sales volume, market information and the product itself.
Q. What is Private Label?
A. Private Label refers to our own brand name on our products. Many of our products are proprietary ALDI brands. ALDI private label product quality meets or exceeds equivalent National Brand items sold in other national retail chains.
Q. What is a display case?
A. A display case has the following attributes:
- Colored case (not Kraft or white)
- Front window, open top display window
Cooler/freezer items have an oval cut-out in back of the case to provide better visibility for our staff when stocking.
Please visit an ALDI store to better familiarize yourself with our cases and merchandizing.
Q. Who is responsible for the label/case artwork fee? Can we use our own art agency?
A.The supplier is responsible for artwork fees.
- ALDI suppliers work with our third party agency that oversees ALDI branding.
- Supplier pays design fees.
- ALDI suppliers may use their own printer.
Q. Can I schedule a meeting to meet with a Buying Director?
A. Once your submission has been reviewed, the buying team will contact you to discuss next steps. A meeting may be scheduled if it is beneficial to all involved.
Q. Can I send in samples?
A. Please do not submit samples unless requested. The buying team will contact you if there is interest in sampling product.
Q. Is it important for a supplier to visit an ALDI store?
A. Yes, a store visit is very important so that you can view our core range items, special buy items, display cases and artwork.
Q. Will I need to have my products tested by a 3rd party testing facility?
A. Yes, if you are chosen to become an ALDI supplier we will request you send your product to an ALDI approved 3rd party testing facility. The buying team will guide you through the steps and be available to answer your questions through this process. ALDI also does internal product testing routinely throughout the year on all products.
Q. What documents will I be asked to submit if chosen to become a supplier?
A. By 1/1/2015, all private label food production facilities will be required by ALDI to be GFSI certified. If chosen to become an ALDI supplier, the buying team will request a copy of your GFSI-approved third party audit report and certificate for all food manufacturing facilities that service ALDI. In addition, suppliers are required to provide a certificate of insurance and to sign our ALDI Master Purchase Agreement.
Q. How much finished product, private label packaging and labels will I need to have in inventory for ALDI?
A. Supplier shall manufacture, and hold in inventory, ALDI Private Label products in quantities not to exceed a one (1) month supply of ALDI’s normal orders and requirements, unless ALDI submits written authorization for a temporary or permanent change in Supplier’s inventory levels. Supplier shall maintain an inventory of not more than a three (3) month average supply of ALDI’s private label packaging and labels.