Supplier Diversity: Spotlight on Sutton Ferneries
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Our Supplier Diversity program aims to create economic opportunity for minority- and women-owned businesses, while delivering merchandise that's extremely relevant to our members. Two such examples are the supplier diversity summits we host each year to bring these suppliers together with our buyers. In April 2012, Michele Sutton, Founder and CEO of Sutton Ferneries, a fern and foliage supplier, attended a Sam's Club Supplier Summit. She's a Jamaican woman who leads her company with extensive industry knowledge, as well as strong attention to detail and organizational skills. Michele and our floral buyer connected and, over the next several weeks, worked together to create a greenery program at Sam's Club. The partnership is just over one year old, but has developed as if they were long-term business partners. This is a big win for both Sutton Ferneries and Sam's Club, and our members love the result.