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.
U.S. Manufacturing Summit
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.
SelectUSA Press Conference
In October 2013, Walmart U.S. President and CEO Bill Simon and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced at the SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit that three suppliers made new domestic manufacturing commitments that will create 385 jobs. Elan-Polo, Louis Hornick & Company and EveryWare Global, Inc. will produce footwear, curtains and glassware, respectively.
In the News
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.
The Huffington Post - Aug. 22, 2013 - Bill Simon, Walmart U.S. President and CEO, wrote this opinion editorial for The Huffington Post, urging industry leaders to revive manufacturing in America.
CNBC - Aug. 5, 2013 - The world's biggest retailer plans to buy more U.S.-made products over the next ten years, reports CNBC's Mary Thompson.
TIME Magazine - April 12, 2013 - Walmart doesn’t make anything. But the giant retailer could play a part in the manufacturing rebound that is taking place in the U.S. with its promise to buy $50 billion more U.S. made goods over the next decade for its Walmart and Sam’s Club stores.
The New York Times - Jan. 15, 2013 - The manufacturer 1888 Mills produces most of its sheets and towels overseas, in part to keep costs low for retailers like Walmart. But after Walmart gave 1888 Mills a long-term contract for towels made in the United States, 1888’s chief executive said the company expected to produce more goods here.