The Importance of Innovation in Your Business

A Message from Pat Hopper, Director of Sourcing at FedEx Services

We are drawing closer to the WBENC Summit & Salute event in Nashville, TN next month, and I have to say the excitement is building for our team at FedEx.

We are proud to be the exclusive sponsor of the WBENC WeInnoPITCH competition taking place at the 2020 Summit & Salute. WeInnoPITCH will feature 80 Women Entrepreneurs pitching their innovative business solutions to WBENC corporate members and constituents, resulting in one finalist who will receive a cash award of $20,000 for their business.

Although there is only one grand prize winner, the real excitement around WeInnoPITCH is the fact that all of the women entrepreneurs who participate in the selection process and competition will have the opportunity to communicate their innovative solutions to corporate members and event attendees, opening numerous opportunities for them to make new connections and potentially do business with close to 2,000 other attendees.

As a global leader in the transportation and technology industries, innovation is crucial to FedEx. To meet the demands of our industry in the future, we evaluate our suppliers and have an expectation that they will partner with us to meet our organizational goals.

While emerging technologies such as blockchain and drones are significant to our business future, innovation in more traditional areas of our supply chain is also key to our competitive growth. Therefore, we seek out suppliers who constantly innovate and raise the bar in their own businesses in every area of our supply chain.  We’ve found this synergistic drive to innovate and find new solutions creates the most lasting and meaningful partnerships with suppliers.

Today, I am asking the women entrepreneurs of WBENC, how are you innovating in your business? How can those innovative solutions help corporations continue to raise the bar on innovations in their businesses?  Come to the Meet & Greet session and pitch your innovative business solution to WBENC Corporate Members for your chance to compete for the WeInnoPITCH grand prize of $20,000.



FedEx Corp. provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services.With annual revenues of $69 billion, the company offers integrated business solutions through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 490,000 team members to remain focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. To learn more about how FedEx connects people and possibilities around the world, please visit