United Hosts Forum for Minority Business Suppliers - United Hub

United hosts forum for minority business suppliers

By Gladys Roman, May 16, 2018

Providing equal business opportunities to diverse business owners is one of our commitments in creating an inclusive supply chain. As part of our efforts to attract more companies owned by minorities, women, veterans, LGBT and other diverse-owned companies, we hosted our Supplier Diversity Forum on May 11.

The group of United employees speaking at the forum

We invited 90 prospective suppliers from multiple industries to our Corporate Support Center in Chicago to learn about business opportunities with United. Attendees had the opportunity to meet with buyers from different commodity areas in Procurement and with leaders from Corporate Real Estate, Legal and Marketing to learn about our business needs and sourcing processes.

Community Affairs VP Sharon Grant, who is also responsible for our Supplier Diversity program, welcomed the participants and spoke about the importance of attracting more women and minority owned businesses and other diverse suppliers. "By having this type of forum, we break down the barriers. We can't have a diverse supply chain unless we open up our doors so that diverse suppliers can learn about us. This is our way to make sure that we're investing our time and investing in them," said Sharon.

Demetrio Garcia, Golden Hill Foods VP of Global Business Development, was one of the suppliers invited to the event. He said the forum was different from any other he has seen in the industry. "It was very useful, and very informative. I really appreciate United's openness, transparency and dedication to have an open dialogue with potential suppliers like my company," he said.

Meanwhile, Melissa Zagorac Business Development VP for Diverse Facility Solutions, appreciated the opportunity to meet with our representatives. "I was most appreciative of the sessions United set up for suppliers to meet with representatives from the departments suppliers are likely to work with," she said. "It can really be a challenge to get in front of the right person at an organization. It was a very nice addition to the event."

Our Supplier Diversity Team has organized the event every two years since 2010. We're proud to continue strengthening our Supplier Diversity Initiative. In 2017, we did more than $1.2 billion worth of business with approximately 1,900 diverse business partners, which represents a 300 percent growth in spending since 2010, and over the years we have added an additional 538 business partners.

Our efforts have been recognized by multiple organizations, including the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), which has named us One of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises for seven consecutive years and Corporation of the Year in 2012 and 2016 by the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council.

For more information about our supplier diversity program visit www.united.com/supplierdiversity.

United Cargo operates more than 11,000 cargo-only flights in one year

By The Hub team, March 19, 2021

On March 19, 2020, United operated its first flight carrying cargo without passengers on board. While the passenger cabin was empty, its cargo hold was completely full, carrying more than 29,000 pounds of commodities from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.

10 tips for spring travel

By The Hub team, February 24, 2021

Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more

Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.

Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.

United joins UNICEF COVAX initiative

By The Hub team, February 19, 2021

This week, we were honored to become the first U.S. airline to join the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting the vaccine and other critically needed supplies to underserved areas of the globe.

"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.

We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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