Macy’s is accepting applications for the 10th anniversary class of its diverse supplier accelerator, The Workshop at Macy. The company is offering highly-qualified ethnically diverse-, women-, LGBTQ-and veteran-owned businesses an unparalleled opportunity to learn how to grow and scale their brands. The business development program equips participants with a new perspective on how to create effective, large-scale supplier relationships via a one-week intensive that includes master classes on building brand identity, managing business relationships, financial management for sustained growth, high impact business conversations, maximizing assortment plan and product life cycle, and more. The 30 brands in the class of 2020 – the largest-ever – will learn from a consortium of Macy’s leaders including President, Hal Lawton and Chief Diversity Officer, Shawn Outler in addition to retail leaders from Babson College, Facebook, Diverse and Engaged, and Carol’s Daughter (pictured) in Harlem, NY.
- UI Global Brands – natural and sustainable care products [c/o 2011]
- Alex Woo– personal and timeless jewelry [c/o 2012]
- Mateo New York – minimalist fine jewelry and handbags [c/o 2013]
- Verona Collection – modest women’s fashion [c/o 2017]
- Rebdolls – unapologetic fashion for sizes 0-32 [c/o 2017]
- Frères Branchiaux Candle Co. – handmade candles and home fragrance [c/o 2019]
- Parisian Pet – high-quality pet products [c/o 2019]
- Mare Cheia Swimwear– swimwear with exceptional fit and control [c/o 2019]
- Fe Noel – a lifestyle brand created for the multifaceted woman [c/o 2019]
The Workshop at Macy’s, a key initiative in the company’s commitment to creating pipelines for supplier diversity, has graduated more than 125 companies since its launch in 2011. In the years since its inception, several alumni have successfully launched product lines in select Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores, and on The Workshop at Macy’s e-commerce sitelet
In 2018, Macy’s purchased approximately $937 million from ethnically diverse- and women-owned businesses. This engagement with diverse suppliers contributed more than $1.8 billion to the U.S. economy – surpassing the billion-dollar mark for the fourth year in a row – and sustained more than 10,000 jobs. These jobs and the incomes earned through them are important contributions to the communities in which we operate.
U.S.-based ethnically diverse-, women-, LGBTQ-and veteran-owned companies with at least two consecutive years in business are eligible to apply. The application period is from Sunday, October 13, 2019, to Sunday, January 26, 2020.
To complete an application, visit TheWorkshopAtMacys.com
Photo credit: B Michael at Macy’s in NYC.