History of CDS


Founded in 2001 to answer a question:


Can we create a prosperous business that can … become financially successful and fully functional using technology to achieve our goals independent of business location?  In essence, is it possible to stay at home within our culture while competing in a national marketplace?

 

Further, can the model succeed with little financial investment, limited education, and limited physical resources? 

 

Can this be accomplished without a stocking warehouse using primarily a drop ship model and utilize preference programs to compete against with major players? 

 

Can we add services behind product sales to create jobs?

 

Can this model be duplicated in other remote locations?

 

Finally, can this be done without giving up our identity as Native Americans, without leaving home to chase opportunity but rather can we bring opportunity to where we are and become self sufficient?

 

 


Awards

MEMBERSHIPS

Global Native Supply holds extensive memberships and associations that keep us in touch with the pulse of the the community, locally as well as nationally. GNS is often sought out as leadership in the world of Native American commerce and proudly represents the opinions and needs of Native American business owners, and fights dilegently to identify and protect the opportunities presented for Native American commerce globally.



Our reputation in the community is proven by the recognition received though awards granted by our customers, agencies, and industry ranking.  GNS actively supports promotion of minority and small business development within our market.  Recent awards, rankings, and sponsorships include:
Nominee: 2010 US Small Business Administration Business Champion of the Year
2010 Industry Rankings by Diversity Business:
Top 100 Native American Owned Businesses - Ranked 80th Nationally
Top 50 Women Owned Businesses in Oklahoma – Ranked 10th
Top 50 Diversity Owned Businesses in Oklahoma – Ranked 19th
Top 50 Privately-held Businesses in Oklahoma – Ranked 23rd
2009 Oklahoma Minority Supplier Development Council – Gold Sponsor and Outstanding Business of the Year, nominated by the University of Oklahoma
2009 Cherokee Nation Woman Owned Business of the Year – spotlighted for providing business assistance to new and emerging companies
2009 American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma – Indian Country Business Summit – Gold Sponsor and 2008 Mid-sized Business of the Year
2009 Center for Tribal Employment Rights National Conference – Gold Sponsor
2009 United States Department of Commerce – Central Region Technology Company of the Year (one of only five named nationally).  We beat Texas!
2009 GNS received Special Recognitions from United States Senator James Inhofe, Oklahoma Congressman Dan Boren and Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith
2008 HUBZone Star Community Impact Award for environmental awareness and leadership
2005 Outstanding Business of the Year by the United States Department of Commerce, the Cherokee Nation and the Oklahoma Native American Business Development Council.

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


Mission statement
Discover and respond to our customers’ needs for technology and office products and services to enable sustainable job creation and to provide new approaches to protect the environment from technological waste.


Vision statement
Creation of quality technology jobs that promote Economic Self-sufficiency in Indian Country, serving our customers, and doing our part to protect the environment.

 

Who we are
Global Native Supply, a.k.a. GNS and CDS, is an Oklahoma based customer-focused enterprise primarily engaged in providing sales and support for technology and business products.  Our plan includes full life-cycle management by offering environmentally responsible recycling services of technology products.  We are a Business-to-Business enterprise committed to meeting the demands and expectations of our customers.  We strive to understand our customers’ needs and anticipate opportunity to be responsive in fulfilling those needs with integrity, commitment and quality.  Failure is not an option.  We will do what it takes to be competitive, respected, and profitable.


Company history
Founded in October of 2001 as a sole-proprietorship, GNS is fulfillment to a dream of Pamela Huddleston-Bickford.  The business plan was formed with an eye to the economic and social needs of northeastern Oklahoma and Native American tribes.  As a small Woman Owned/Disadvantaged Minority business, the business plan highlights commitment to promote employment of minorities.  Pamela retains 100% ownership of the business.
GNS has experienced consistent controlled growth.  2009 sales were 180% of 2008 sales and 5-year growth is 845%.  GNS maintains a base of over 275 purchasers within our target market of Federal, Tribal, State and Local government, Health, Education, and mid-to-large size corporations.  Other than property mortgage, GNS has zero long term debt and zero uncollected debt since founding.

 

Our Industry
 Our industry, technology and office products, is sustained by the consumption of product by nearly every employed person within our target market.  A majority of these same employees utilize computing devices either stand-alone or networked and a vast array of application software.  As long as there are employees, instructors, and students, there will be demand for this industry.
Promotional products are nearly a necessity for viable companies who market and protect their brand, who participate in trade show events, and who have a comprehensive marketing plan.


Computing products are in perpetual update mode with release of new higher-performance hardware and expanded software functionality.  Display and presentation products utilized in classrooms and meeting rooms are undergoing rapid technology updates.  Mobile electronic devices are increasing in variety and application.  Even office supplies are transitioning to “Green” standards and demand for environmentally responsible products is increasing as consumer awareness increases.


Office Products – This is a $55B market according to First Research and is dominated by Staples ($23B).  Primarily all products available through United Stationers Supply Company ($5B) are included in the electronic catalog or by special order.  Office product categories include consumable supplies, office accessories, case-good office furniture, janitorial and breakroom supplies.  Alternate products are sourced from SP Richards ($1.7B).  When possible, items are sourced direct from the manufacturer to reduce cost.   


Technology Products – The capacity for this market is difficult to define due to the variety of views. Reuter's estimates that the 2010 IT spend at $3.3 Trillion.  GNS primarily sources technology products through large national distributors, the largest being Ingram-Micro ($34.4B) and TechData ($24.1B) followed by an array of smaller distributors who offer specialty technology items.  Mainline product categories include notebook and desktop computers, servers, networks, displays, printers, scanners, TVs, Cameras, audio, projectors, power devices, security, software, managed services.  The giant in this market we compete against daily is CDW ($8B).


Promotional Products – Promotional products ($30.0B) includes over 750,000 unique items and wearables, that are all customizable with customer identity and targeted message.  GNS sources these items directly from thousands of suppliers through an electronic market. 


GNS’ competitive advantage in these product arenas is primarily due to personal service, low cost of operation, near-zero inventory, process efficiency, certifications, and broad knowledge.