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Macy's Offering Workshop for Minority Vendors

January 29, 2014

Staff Reports -- HispanicBusiness.com

Time is quickly running out for minority- and women-owned vendors to submit an application for The Workshop at Macy's to learn how to succeed in the retail world.

The retailer is continuously looking for qualified new vendors of goods and services through its supplier diversity program, and the program helps Macy's offer new and unique merchandise in its stores. Additionally, the company says it helps support the economic health of the communities where its stores are located.

To be considered for the workshop, applicants must fill out an extensive questionnaire with information on the majority owner's ethnicity, products, services and manufacturing capabilities. A complete list of questions is available at http://workshop.macysinc.com/.

All applications for the 2014 session must be submitted online or mailed by midnight on Feb. 2. All eligible applications will be reviewed and selected applicants will be called for an in-person interview. Final selections will be made after all prospective candidates are interviewed. Macy's says that acceptance into the program does not guarantee a contract with the company or ongoing opportunities.

The Workshop at Macy's, the company's first business development program, was launched in 2011 to foster growth in the next generation of minority- and women-owned merchandise suppliers. Macy's says it purchased $715.3 million from minority-owned businesses in 2012.


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