In this episode of the RETHINK Retail Podcast, RETHINK Retail CCO Kirat Anand sits down with Shardé Marchewski, a finance-turned-furniture maven, currently leading the way in supplier diversity at Wayfair.
Initially dipping her toes in the field of commercial and investment banking, Shardé transitioned her career in an unexpected yet impressive trajectory, bringing her keen financial acumen and strategic mindset to the vibrant world of online home furnishings.
A powerful advocate for diversity and inclusivity, Shardé has passionately woven vital DEI initiatives into Wayfair’s business strategies, shedding light on underrepresented suppliers and giving them a platform to flourish.
Actions for Retailers:
– If you are a retailer or e-commerce brand, think about how you can amplify the voices of underrepresented groups and support diversity in your industry.
– Open up more shelf space for products from diverse-owned suppliers or bring in speakers and influencers to help promote their brands.
– Consider partnering with organizations or groups that represent underrepresented communities to increase visibility and support for their businesses.
– Look for opportunities to expand your supplier diversity efforts to include other underrepresented groups such as women, Latin American, Indian, Asian, and military-owned businesses.
Check out Wayfair’s Celebrate Black Makers page to support and buy products from Black-owned businesses.: www.aboutwayfair.com/celebrate-black-makers
Explore All Modern’s Black Modern Makers page to discover and purchase products from diverse-owned suppliers: www.allmodern.com/modern-black-mak…igners~b615.html
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This episode of the RETHINK Retail Podcast was recorded live at eTail East on Aug 21, 2023.
Hosted by Kirat Anand
Produced by Gabriella Bock