Securing the Supply Chain

BJ's Wholesale Club becomes certified member of Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program

Natick, MA — August 19, 2004 — BJ's Wholesale Club Inc. today announced that the it has been officially accepted as a certified member of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) Program.

C-TPAT is a joint government-business initiative created by the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, to strengthen supply chain and border security.

In order to qualify for C-TPAT certification, companies must conduct an intensive assessment of their supply chain security, meet stringent security guidelines developed by the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, and communicate security efforts with business and transportation partners.

"BJ's participation in the C-TPAT program demonstrates our strong commitment to protecting homeland security and keeping the supply chain safe and secure," said Ray Sareeram, senior vice president, director of logistics at BJ's Wholesale Club. "Our C-TPAT certification will also provide certain business advantages, enabling BJ's to more efficiently and cost-effectively deliver goods to market."

Headquartered in Natick, Mass., BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. is a leading operator of warehouse clubs in the eastern United States. The company currently operates 151 clubs and 79 gas stations in 16 states.

For more information on solutions for supply chain security, see " Building the Secure Supply Chain ," the Net Best Thing article in the June/July 2003 issue of iSource Business.