Mr. Checkout handles product management for nearly 1,000 boots-on-the-ground distributors and wholesalers in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.
Have a Product We Should Know About?
Established 1989 | Mr. Checkout is a national group of Independent DSD Distributors, Full-Line Grocery Distributors and Wagon-Jobbers.
We represent products in over 60 major retailers and manage 13 industry associations with over 150,000 independent retail members.
Distributors, Wholesalers and Retailers turn to Mr. Checkout to find the best selling products, learn which categories are trending and discover what is the next hot new product.
States & U.S. Territories in the Mr. Checkout Distributors Area of Coverage
Distributors, Jobbers & Wholesalers in Mr. Checkout National Network
Independent Grocery, Convenience Stores & Travel Centers Visited Bi-Weekly
Celebrity-Affiliated Products Marketed Through Mr. Checkout
Do you have a product that is ready for retail?
Partnership with SCCA & NASCAR
We welcome the opportunity to speak with you regarding your questions about working with military brokers. Mr. Checkout works with the United States Miliatary Exchanges and retail partners. We have the expertise and experience to service your products needs working with the government. Virtually every business can and should take part in this lucrative market, and we’re here to help you navigate its complexities. For more on the services we provide and the successes we’ve delivered to our clients, we invite you to contact us today.
1,000+ C Store Distributors, Wagon Jobbers & Wholesalers
Over 155,000 Retailers
The Mr. Checkout group is composed of independent distributors, convenience store distributors, merchandisers, wholesale-to-distributor warehouse companies and wagon jobbers better known as small distributors. We are not a franchise; each distributor remains independent and autonomous. Distributors retain total control over their businesses, as well as full control over all purchasing, placement and marketing methods.
Direct to Retail Representation
With over 60 products in major retailers, Mr. Checkout works as manufacturers reps for specific products depending on their marketability and retail focus. Taking a product direct to retail may be a better path to market for some products than through the network of distributors, jobbers and wholesalers that works with Mr. Checkout.
Working as manufacturers reps, we make sure to give a clear future of success, provide transparency in our business relationships and use our technology to give product manufacturers insight into what we are doing. We view product brokers as a great partnership and work with a number of manufacturers rep groups and product broker groups to find the best placement and deals for the products that were take direct to retail.
If you have a product that you think that we would be interested in taking direct to retail, let us know here.
We are a national network of national food and beverage distributors focused on convenience stores and independent grocery stores. As distributors, we have boots on the ground and are able to place new food and beverage products directly on the checkout counter or in the cooler. We have launched national brands though our blitz program that guarantees prime placement in thousands of stores throughout the country in every major market.
Our passion stems from taking a new food product, energy shot or beverage product to market. We are able to use our distributors spread around the country to test and tune an items point of sale display, price point and positioning to maximize it’s initial sales before it’s offered to the public. We work with marketing agencies, advertising agencies and consultant partners to offer this service as part of our c-store distributor blitz program.
If you have a food or beverage product that you think that we would be interested in, let us know here.
Take your product into 100 to 55,000 retailers nationwide with our Direct Store Delivery (DSD) distributors. These independent distributors will help you gain traction in the marketplace with your product(s) by introducing, promoting, and acquiring prime checkout counter real estate for placement of your product display in their high traffic c-store accounts.
Our direct store distributors are able to place your point of sale display directly on the countertop by the register for maximum impressions. The information gathered by conducting a blitz will allow you to modify your price, packaging and point of sale display to maximize national sales.
Call us to view the Top 366 MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Areas) in the US that the Mr. Checkout Distributors can to promote your products.
Mr. Checkout provides direct store delivery for new products to convenience stores, neighborhood markets and independent grocers. Our DSD programs can get your products placed on the checkout counter or in the cooler within 21 days.
The benefit of using direct store delivery drivers are that they do not ask for terms when buying new product. They often pay for the products in mass via credit card or via bank wire. These drivers are able to directly place new product in a store because of their personal relationships with the store owners and the understanding that if the new product succeeds, so does the distributor.
To learn more about the Mr. Checkout DSD program click here to learn more.
Do you have a product that would be good for c store distributors grocery stores, corner stores or bodegas? Our distributors cover the country from coast-to-coast providing an unparalleled ability to test new products, reach niche markets and launch products nationally! As a member of Mr. Checkout you will gain access to a cutting edge directory that allows you to pin-point which distributors service locations you want your products in, as well as their current contact information.
We are the only network of independent direct store delivery DSD wagon-jobbers, rack-jobbers and c store distributors in the country that offers exclusive access to new products. You are able to move from concept to retail through our blitz program or reach out directly to the convenience store distributors through our interactive directory. We have been honored to have been a part of the launch of such brands as 5 hour energy and Blu e-cigarettes and would love to work with you to launch your product.
Submit your product for our review to gain access to our directory of distributors around the country.
Launch Your Product to the US Market
The Mr. Checkout network of distributors has the unparalleled ability to take your product and launch it throughout the United States of America and parts of Canada. Proving your product will sell is the first step to gaining retail success. We use our blitz program to prove that your product will perform well and sell quickly on the countertop in America. If you are looking to distribute your product in the USA then we are the distribution network you need to talk to.
C Store Distribution FAQ
How do you get a c-store distributors attention?
Getting the attention of a c-store distributor can be difficult in some instances considering that many convenience stores and the distributors who service them are independently owned. The independent sector is very fragmented which means getting widespread distribution into these c-stores is no easy task. The best way to go about this is; finding a convenience stores broker or buyer and having them get you in touch with the stores distributor(s) or by using a service like Mr. Checkout in which you have access to almost 1,000 distributors, many of which service c-stores. If you have a c-store appropriate product, good margins for distributors, and if you approach distributors in the correct manner, you should be able to get your product on shelves in no time.
What’s the typical cost of using a distributor for my products?
The cost of using a distributor for your products comes in the form of markups on products. Distributors typically want 15%-35% margins for products they distribute, so you have to take that into account when pricing your products. Many distributors will cover the cost of shipping the product, but there might be some cases in which you, the supplier, need to cover that cost. The better the margin you can offer distributors, the easier it will be for you to secure contracts with them [ the distributors ].
What margins do convenience stores require on new products?
Retailers typically markup products anywhere from 45% all the way up to 150% depending on the type of store, the type of product, and the region of the store where the product is being sold. Typically, convenience stores work off of a margin more in the high thirties up to around 45%. The better the margins for a retailer makes the product that much more attractive to them.
What is the best way to get a product into convenience stores?
The best way to get your product into a convenience store is either going through a convenience store buyer or broker, or getting in touch with distributors who service convenience stores.
Over 60% of convenience stores are independently owned and are serviced by small distributors known as wagon jobbers or rack jobbers. These small distributors can be very difficult to find, get in contact with and do business with due to the barrier of trust. One way to deal with those obstacles is by getting set up as a supplier in Mr. Checkout’s network. By doing this, you have instant access to almost 1,000 distributors that service over 35,000 stores who have all agreed to hear from suppliers in our network.
What is a Unique Selling Position (USP) and why do you you need it?
A Unique Selling Position is something that all products need in order to get on the shelf at any retailer, whether it’s a convenience store or a big box retailer. A product’s Unique Selling Position, or USP, is what sets the product apart from all the rest of the products already on the shelf. You should have two USPs, one for the retailer and one for the end customer.
For the retailer, your USP communicates to them why he or she should place your product on their shelves, why your product is different from the competition and why a retailer should discontinue using one product and substitute it with yours instead. For the end customer, your USP is what tells them why they should buy your product over the competition. It’s extremely to have a very clear and concise USP so that both retailers and customers understand the value of your product.
We have distributors in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Major Cities: New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago, Houston, Montreal, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, San Jose, Ottawa, Austin, Edmonton, Jacksonville, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Columbus, Fort Worth, Charlotte, Seattle, Denver, El Paso, Detroit, Washington D.C., Boston, Memphis, Nashville, Vancouver, Portland, Oklahoma City, Las Vegas, Baltimore, Brampton, Louisville, Milwaukee, Albuquerque, Quebec, Tucson