Investing in American Jobs
At Walmart, we believe in making a difference on the issues our customers and communities care about. We believe we can create more American jobs by supporting more American manufacturing. Jump-starting the manufacturing industry and rebuilding the middle class requires a national effort by companies, industry leaders, lawmakers and others.Together, we can help spark a revitalization of U.S.-based manufacturing. By making production more affordable and feasible in the United States, we can bring our customers more U.S.-made products and manufacturers can create more jobs in America.
According to data from our suppliers, items that are made, sourced or grown right here in America already account for about two-thirds of what we spend to buy products at Walmart U.S. But there is room to do more.
We are committed to American renewal. In January 2013, Walmart announced it will buy an additional $50 billion in U.S. products in 10 years in an effort to grow U.S. manufacturing and encourage the creation of U.S. jobs.
When you add up what we spend each year, our pledge is to buy an additional $250 billion in American products.
We will accomplish this by working with suppliers to:
- Increase what we already buy of U.S. manufactured goods
- Source “new to Walmart” U.S. manufactured goods
Re-shore the manufacturing of goods we currently buy by facilitating and accelerating efforts of our suppliers
Since January 2013, we’ve met with hundreds of our suppliers and visited dozens of factories across the U.S. and around the world. View some of the announcements made so far.
2014 U.S. Manufacturing Summit
We gathered government leaders, suppliers and Walmart executives in Denver on August 14, 2014. Learn more and watch the webcast.
Made in USA Open Call Event
Walmart hosted our first Open Call event on July 8, 2014. We invited more than 500 suppliers and potential suppliers to come to the Home Office in Bentonville, Ark., and pitch their products. Watch a replay of the general session.
In August 2013,
we held Walmart’s first U.S. Manufacturing Summit, attended by 500
suppliers, 34 states, 8 governors and government officials, who met to discuss opportunities to create jobs, restore
communities and drive economic growth. Multiple companies announced domestic
manufacturing investments and discussed the commitments they have made,
including General Electric, Kayser-Roth, Renfro, Element Electronics Corp.,
Chobani and Hampton Products International.
In the News
TheDenverChannel - September 14, 2014 - Retailers are unscrewing hot, wasteful and outlawed incandescent light bulbs.But the replacement for many isn’t an LED or fluorescent bulb – it’s a halogen bulb that looks and feels the same as Edison’s. You might have already bought one and not even noticed. That’s on purpose.
Walmart Blog - August 28, 2014 - This year, Jennifer McCullough has cooked up nothing but victory. In April, she won Food Network’s reality cooking competition, Cutthroat Kitchen. And in July, she took a chance by attending Walmart’s Open Call for products that support American jobs, where she got more great news.
Reuters - August 14, 2014 - America's largest retailer has invited dozens of small- and midsize manufacturers that aren't necessarily interested in having a direct relationship with Walmart to come to Denver this week for a two-day matchmaking event.
The City Wire - August 14, 2014 - Walmart, the Walmart Foundation and the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), awarded $4 million to seven universities to help create processes that facilitates U.S. manufacturing jobs.
CNBC - July 8, 2014 - Wal-Mart Stores opened its doors Tuesday to more than 500 small businesses to make good on a pledge to spend an additional $250 billion dollars by the year 2040 in an effort to bring manufacturing back to U.S. shores.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - May 6, 2014 - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announces first-ever “Open Call Summit” at its home office in Bentonville. The will offer potential suppliers a chance to meet with buyers and merchant leadership about their Made In the USA products.
Industry Week - May 2, 2014 - Demonstrating their commitment to purchase $250 billion in U.S. manufactured products, the world's largest retailer announced they will host an Open Call Summit focused on new business development on products and categories that are made or grown in the US.
Forbes – March 2014 – Michelle Gloeckler, SVP of Home at Walmart U.S., participated in the 2014 Forbes Reinventing America Summit. Watch the video.
Reuters - Jan. 23, 2014 - Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, said on Thursday it has created a $10 million fund to support manufacturing in the United States, and that one of its bicycle suppliers plans to start production in the U.S. this year.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Jan. 14, 2014 - The fine print on cheap flip flops often says “Made in China.” But a local company has plans to make flip flops, a garden clog and a soccer sandal that would instead bear a “Made in the U.S.A.” label. The shoes are expected in Walmart stores next fall and into spring 2015.
Forbes - Nov. 12, 2013 - Walmart and Bill Simon are working hard to achieve their manufacturing goals. Other companies are supporting this initiative and making their own commitments.