June 19, 2019
By Greg Foran, President and CEO, Walmart U.S.
Open Call is one of my favorite annual events at Walmart. It reminds me of why we do what we do: the love of great items.
Seeing innovators and entrepreneurs from all around the country visit Bentonville to pitch their products also reminds me that the power of great items extends beyond the shelves of a Supercenter or Neighborhood Market. The products these companies make might be sold nationally, but ultimately those businesses are rooted locally.
Sometimes, they have the biggest impact in the towns and neighborhoods where they operate.
They are an essential part of those communities, and more than that, of the lives of the people who live there. In some respects, they don’t simply make products, they help make neighborhoods.
When Open Call comes around each year, I get to hear many stories about the difference these business owners make.
One that stands out for me this year is Michele Liddle who founded Perfect Granola. She and her company have been with us since last Open Call.