Become an SMME supplier


Shoprite Next Capital is dedicated to empowering and growing local, commercially viable SMMEs as part of our ongoing efforts to give small suppliers access to our consumer market.

We focus solely on small suppliers and enterprise supplier development (ESD).

Shoprite is the first retailer in South Africa to introduce an exclusive private label product range (called Homegrown) which is locally sourced from primarily small, medium and micro enterprises. 

If you have a small local enterprise with an annual turnover of R5 million or less, and a one-of-a-kind product to sell, you’re invited to join the largest supplier network in Africa.

Get your product on our shelves.

Let us help you grow your business and become a Shoprite supplier. Start by telling us about your product and completing our small business application form. 

Shoprite small supplier benefits include:

  • Packaging and labelling support
  • Marketing / branding assistance and support
  • Training and onboarding

The small supplier application process:

STEP 1: Complete the online application

Provide essential information about your business and the unique products you wish to put on our shelves. Have the following documents ready to submit:

  • Business profile
  • Proof of annual turnover
  • B-BBEE certificate
  • Health and safety certificate (if applicable)
STEP 2: Document validation

Our team diligently reviews and validates the documents you have submitted. Ensure all documentation is accurate and up-to-date.

STEP 3: Introductory meeting between supplier and buyer

On successful document validation, the supplier meets with a representative from the procurement or supplier development team to understand the business.

STEP 4: Samples and relevant checks (quality assurance)

Product samples may be required to undergo quality checks.

STEP 5: Supplier onboarding

If the supplier is sucessful in its application to enlist, the detailed onboarding process will start. The supplier will receive comprehensive guidance and support to seamlessly integrate their products into the Shoprite ecosystem.

Any other questions?

If you have any other questions, you’re welcome to consult our small supplier toolkit or reach out to our team directly.

Frequently asked questions

Yes, you can still register/apply to become a supplier without being VAT registered. A certified copy of the owner's identity document will then be required.

Yes, you can still register/apply to become a supplier without having a registered company. A certified copy of the owner's identity document will then be required.

If you are a Foods supplier, you will have to be food safety compliant. We have a team of food technologists who can offer guidance as to how to get your premises food compliant.

The SMME programme is aimed at growing the South African economic sector and therefore we aim to list suppliers who produce and source products locally. Imported products can however still be listed via our normal listing channels.

You can still qualify for the SMME programme if you do not have a B-BBEE certificate. Simply go to your nearest police station and complete an affidavit to confirm your B-BBEE status.

Some small suppliers share tips and guidelines in these success stories:

Some of our supplier stories