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Becoming a Supplier

For consideration to become a Staples’ diversity supplier, your organization must be unconditionally and directly owned by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Organizations will be selected based on merit as well as the needs of Staples’ and its customers. It’s our goal to not only make things easy for our customers, but also to support the development of HUBs.

Recognized minority groups as defined by the federal government are as follows:

Certification Categories

Certification Requirements

Companies must have verifiable certifications by a qualified independent third-party certifying agency (i.e., NMSDC affiliate councils, WBENC, SBA).

Supplier Diversity Selection Process

  1. Register on our online portal and be sure to upload your certifications.
  2. Within 72 hours of submission, your information will be forwarded to the appropriate category manager/buyer for consideration as a potential supplier.
  3. Within 30 days, the category manager/buyer will provide a response regarding their level of interest in your product or service offering. If an opportunity exists, the category managers/buyers will request more specific information about your business.
  4. The category manager/buyer will then make a final decision from the list of available qualified suppliers.

Note: You may check the site with the login/password provided to you to follow the status of your application.


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