Supply Chain:

Supplier Diversity

Diversity is one of Kroger's core values and we have actively driven diversity among our vendor partners for more than 30 years. Minority-owned, and women-owned business enterprises (MBEs and WBEs) along with other diverse businesses provide products, services and perspectives that align with our strategies and help us better understand both our customers' needs and trends in the marketplace. We value our business relationships with these M/WBEs because they provide employment opportunities in our local communities and their products and services are often unique and generate positive sales results.

BILLION DOLLAR ROUNDTABLE (BDR)

Since 2006, Kroger has spent more than $1 billion annually with minority and women-owned business enterprises. As a result, Kroger is a member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable, a prestigious forum of 20 corporations that have achieved $1 billion or more in annual spending with M/WBEs. We achieved this goal by partnering with 929 M/WBE companies in 2015. Other Billion Dollar Roundtable members include Procter & Gamble, Johnson and Johnson, Toyota and Microsoft.

During 2015, The Kroger Co. was honored to be selected as one of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises (Bronze Distinction) by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Kroger was one of 59 corporations that received this esteemed Leading Programs Distinction.

The list of Top Corporations is designed to recognize organizations who are choosing to integrate policies and programs across the corporation to enable growth and reduce barriers for women-owned businesses; increasing opportunity in new markets—both domestically and internationally; fueling innovation; and empowering communities through economic growth and jobs.



MILLION DOLLAR CLUB

In 2015, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) once again included The Kroger Co. in its "Million Dollar Club." This club recognizes corporations that are leaders in integrating Hispanic-owned business enterprises (HBEs) into their supply chains.

Kroger was among 52 other corporate inductees, including AT&T, Johnson and Johnson, and Toyota. Honorees that were recognized spent between $25 million to upwards of $1 billion with Hispanic-owned companies in 2015.


DIVERSITYBUSINESS.COM'S DIV50 LIST

Kroger was ranked 10th on the 16th annual list of America's Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities by DiversityBusiness.com. This makes the sixth consecutive year that Kroger has been recognized by this highly respected organization. Known as "the Div 50," it is a listing of the top 50 corporate and organizational buyers of diversity products and services throughout the U.S. The list is compiled based on responses to DiversityBusiness.com's annual survey of more than 1,500,000 diverse-owned businesses.



Women's Distribution Services

Women's Distribution Services (WDS) was founded in 2007 by Jennifer Maier and has become widely respected for its services and customer focus. WDS uses a real-time inventory management system to provide more accurate forecasting for their clients. This, along with their innovative approach to engineering and packaging, creates supply chain management solutions. WDS has improved consistency in service, lowered our costs, and works with many of Kroger's top suppliers.

In 2012, The Kroger Co. was facing a major labeling issue with our meat totes system. Women's Distribution Services Inc., a WBENC-certified woman-owned business, provided a solution that saved Kroger a considerable investment in a packaging redesign. WDS has since become a first- and second-tier supplier to Kroger. Kroger and WDS continue to collaborate and are currently working on the creation of an in-store, freestanding, labeling application for the meat and deli area. The program has been piloted in 200 stores and is planned to go nationwide. The partnership between Kroger and Women's Distribution Services is a leading example of the way major corporations and WBEs can succeed together.

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