About The Workshop at Macy’s
The Workshop at Macy’s is an exclusive retail vendor development program designed to give select high potential minority and/or women business owners the tools to better succeed and sustain growth in the retail industry.
Macy’s, Inc. is a premier national omnichannel retailer with iconic brands that serve customers through outstanding stores and dynamic online sites. Both Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s are known worldwide, and each has its own unique identity and customer focus. Bluemercury is a beauty business focused on specialty stores.
Macy’s, Inc. clearly recognizes that the customer is paramount and that all actions and Omnichannel strategies must be directed toward providing a localized merchandise offering and shopping experience to targeted consumers through dynamic online sites.
Diversity is at the core of our approach to doing business. It touches all areas of our company. We expect our associates, our advertising and in-store presentations and the companies with which we do business to mirror the diverse multicultural marketplace we serve.
The Workshop at Macy’s, our company’s first business development program, was launched in 2011 to foster growth in the next generation of minority- and women-owned merchandise suppliers. Conducted annually, this program is a foundational element of our commitment to vendor diversity.
With 80 graduated businesses, May 2016 marked the sixth year of the program as well as the continued creation of a viable pipeline of enterprises that will grow to become successful partners with Macy’s, Inc. and other retailers. Workshop participants, many of whom describe the experience as “life-changing,” have taken what they’ve learned and grown their businesses to new levels after taking part in the Workshop. (Visit our alumni page to hear their stories!)
In 2015, our company’s purchases from minority- and women-owned businesses totaled about $1.1 billion – surpassing the billion dollar mark for the second year in a row, including purchases from some of our 80 Workshop at Macy’s graduates.
Beginning in September 2016, Macy’s is accepting applications for the 2017 Workshop, which will be held in May 2017 in New York City. To apply, review the eligibility requirements and submit your application before 11:59 p.m. EST on January 29, 2017.
And the Workshop is free to qualified applicants. Yes, you read that right. To learn more and get details on how to apply, see the program overview and review the eligibility requirements.
Read more about Macy’s business innovations and our commitment to diversity.