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Our strong business relationships and the economic vitality of the communities we serve contribute to customer loyalty, stimulate economic development and tap into the entrepreneurial spirit necessary to provide excellent products and services at competitive prices.
 
finding & developing new suppliers
We are committed to strengthening the communities we serve by reaching out to diverse suppliers. Our Supplier Diversity team  finds and develops the best suppliers, expanding competitive business opportunities with minorities, women, veterans (including service-disable veterans) and HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Businesses) Enterprises. As a result of our commitment to diversity, we spent $68 million with 197 certified minority and women-owned companies in 2011, exceeding our goal for that year.
 
We match goods and services from diverse suppliers with buyers throughout our organization. Every employee with the authority to commit corporate funds is responsible for making our supplier diversity program successful.
 
a word from our chief executive officer
donald e. brandt
APS has served Arizona for more than a century, and as we look back we are again reminded of the significant impact APS has on the communities we serve. 
 
Our customers rely on us to provide reliable service, operational excellence and to invest wisely to meet their growing needs for electricity in Arizona. Over the years, we have worked hard to build lasting relationships with our customers to better understand and meet their future needs.
transforming our supply chain
The current economic climate and slower growth patterns continue to challenge our local business community. In 2010, APS undertook a transformational shift that positively impacts supply chain processes focusing on operational efficiencies and cost reductions. 
 
The Supply Chain transformation has resulted in added value throughout the enterprise by sourcing the right suppliers at the right price to maximize performance, quality and sustainability.
 
At APS, we have a long history of utilizing diverse suppliers. We are committed to fostering a high-performing organization by leveraging our supplier base and developing meaningful and mutually beneficial business relationships with diverse suppliers.
 
diversity is good for business
We base our commitment to diversity on 1 simple idea: It’s good business. As a major purchaser of goods and services, we are committed to ensuring our supplier diversity process strengthens and empowers diverse businesses to help drive economic development in our communities.
 
In July 2010, APS honored 8 diverse suppliers with our inaugural “Key Business Partner Award.” The recipients exemplify the importance of creating strong partnerships that enable us to provide outstanding service to our 1.1 million customers throughout Arizona.
 
Investing in our future
Supplier Diversity is fully supported by my executive management team. By partnering with a diverse base of high-quality, cost-effective suppliers, we are investing in the future of our company and in the communities in which we live and serve.

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business mentoring

The APS Academy for the Advancement of Small, Minority- and Women-Owned Enterprises (AAAME) is a business mentoring program designed, sponsored and administered by Arizona Public Service. Since 1997, 192 small businesses in the Phoenix metropolitan area have attended business training classes, built networks, developed resources and met with individual advisors all geared toward assisting them in reaching their next level of business success. 

 


​mentoring & coaching
We provide technical assistance and coaching to help diverse businesses understand our needs and way of doing business:
  • coaching and reviewing presentations for effectiveness
  • developing training seminars on business skills
  • conducting one-on-one buyer introductions and presentations on how we do business
  • workshops on subcontracting opportunities with our large suppliers
  • external seminars and workshops

 


 
​awards & recognition
We are recognized locally as a leader in the community and nationally for innovative supplier diversity initiatives. We’re proud of our partnerships and acknowledgement of our efforts. In 2011, we received the following prestigious awards:
 
  • United Latino Business Coalition
    Andres Chagolla Chairman’s Award
  • Minority Enterprise Development Week
    Distinguished Supplier Diversity Award
  • American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Arizona
    Business Diversity Program of Year Award
 
​associations
We’re involved with community and national organizations to help achieve our commitment to supplier diversity and development.
 
For example, we partner with the City of Phoenix to distribute Community Development Block Grant funds to qualified minority- and women-owned businesses. The Block Grant provides needed funds for training and consulting to qualified businesses that enhance their ability to succeed.
 
​organizations we support
  • Grand Canyon Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council – West
  • Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Asian Chamber of Commerce
  • Self Employment Loan Fund
  • Service Corp of Retired Executives
  • American Indian Chamber of Commerce
  • Arizona Small Business Association

 

 
transmission & distribution
electrical power line products and services
Transmission and distribution is core to our business, and we purchase a variety of products and services.
products we buy
services we buy
arrestors
batteries
building supplies
bulk chemicals
chemicals
conduit and fittings
cross arms
cutout
electric meters
electric motors
electric supplies
fasteners
fittings
forklifts
fuses
metals (raw stock)
pole line hardware
pumps
reclosers
regulators (voltage)
steel poles
switchgear
tools and supplies
transformers
wire and cable
wood poles
administrative/professional/ technical
building maintenance
catering
craft / union
demolition and salvage
electrical maintenance
engine component repair
engineering services
equipment leasing
extermination
heavy equipment rental
mechanical
plumbing
radiator repair
right-of-way clearing
roofing
security guards
tree trimming
vehicle leasing
waste management

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corporate
general business support products and services
Our corporate responsibilities generate a need for a large set of products and services for our office environments.
products we buy
services we buy
advertising specialty items
appraisals
auditing
computers
equipment/furniture
HVAC equipment
janitorial supplies
office supplies
oils and lubricants
safety equipment
stationery
 
administrative/professional/ technical
advertising
personnel consultants
landscaping
building maintenance
catering
courier
education consultants
equipment leasing
extermination
facility management and services
financial consultants
janitorial services
landscaping
lawn maintenance
legal consultants
management systems
moving  and storage
offices services
photography
plumbing maintenance
printing
public relations services
real estate
record consultants
security guards
temporary personnel
vehicle leasing
waste management

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power plant
power generation products and services
APS operates several power plants througout the state, and is in the market for related products and services.​
products we buy
services we buy
abrasives
air conditioning units
bearings
belts
bricks
building supplies
bulk chemicals
chemicals
compressors
electric motors
electric supplies
electronic equipment
equipment
fasteners
filters
fittings
forklifts
fuel
gauges, pressure
generators
hydraulic equipment
industrial fans
instrumentation
lab chemicals
lubricants
material handling equipment
metal (aluminum/alloys)
natural gas
oils and lubricants
pumps
valves
administrative/professional/ technical
boiler-erection
building maintenance
catering
craft/union
demolition and salvage
electrical maintenance
engine component repair
engineering services
equipment leasing
extermination
heavy equipment rental
mechanical
plumbing maintenance
roofing
security guards
 

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