Trends in Procurement Webinar Series
"The Evolution of Diversity in Procurement"
The third of 3 webinars sponsored by Grainger
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 | 2:00 PM ET
The changing demographics and economic landscape are increasingly positioning disadvantage business enterprises (DBEs) as important contributors to the economic growth and productivity of the United States. These businesses are creating jobs and supporting the economic development of their respective communities, while promoting the placement of their goods and services in both domestic and global markets.
Grainger offers a holistic approach to diversity offering solutions to help institutions meet diversity procurement goals, help small businesses grow, employ more people and drive incremental revenue through our Tier 1 (Distributor Alliance/Small Business) and Tier 2 (Supplier Diversity) solutions.
The Tier 1, Distributor Alliance solution, is comprised of a network of DBE companies that are under contract as authorized resellers, providing an independent resale of MRO products purchased from Grainger using the Grainger’s supply chain as the mechanism for product flow. Our mission is to provide Grainger customers with a solution to meet their socio-economic goals or mandates through the use of certified diverse authorized resellers.
The Tier 2, Supplier Diversity solution, supports the growth of historically underrepresented businesses and work with nearly 170 women-, minority-, veteran-, service-disabled veteran- and LGBT-owned businesses in the U.S. that provide more than 32,000 products to our company’s offering. The Supplier Diversity program provides quality products in every category from tools to fasteners, cutting tools, trash bags and more.
- Understand that the changing demographics and economic landscape are increasingly positioning disadvantage business enterprises (DBEs) as important contributors to the economic growth and productivity of the United States.
- DBEs are creating jobs and supporting the economic development of their respective communities.
- The Grainger Distributor Alliance and Supplier Diversity solutions can help institutions meet their diversity procurement goals.
Julie Holmes, Sr. Channel Business Manager, Grainger
Julie Holmes, Sr. Channel Business Manager, joined Grainger in 2014. Julie oversees Grainger’s Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP). In this role, she is responsible for developing and implementing new programs for Grainger which will enable various forms of business development assistance to small/diverse businesses. In addition, she has recently been given communications, marketing and training responsibility for the Channel Development program. The Channel Development program, established in 2006, promotes diversity in customers’ supply chains through an established network of small, woman, minority and veteran-owned distributors across the US.
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W.W. Grainger, Inc. is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, helping institutions procure the MRO products they need. Helping institutions meet their diversity procurement goals.