Q: What is Open Call?

Open Call is our largest sourcing event for Walmart and Sam’s Club. Open Call is an exciting and unique opportunity for selected American entrepreneurs to pitch their product to a Walmart and/or Sam's Club merchant and potentially get their product in the hands of millions of our customers. Products must be made, grown or assembled in the U.S. to be considered for the event.

These product pitches are 30-minute one-one-one meetings to secure deals ranging from a handful of local stores to supplying hundreds of stores and Sam’s Clubs as well as Walmart.com and Walmart Marketplace.

In addition to the pitch meetings, the one-day program includes a series of breakout sessions designed to inform, empower and encourage business owners of all sizes. Many of the sessions are open to the general public virtually making the program accessible to more businesses and convenient for them to participate regardless of location.

Q: Why do we host an Open Call event?

We believe that supporting American products and American jobs makes sense for our customers, our communities and our company. We are leading the way through our commitment to invest an additional $350 billion in products made, grown or assembled in the U.S. Our Open Call event underscores that commitment and helps us make a difference on an issue that matters to our customers. You can visit here to register find more details and highlights from the previous events.

Q: What is the application and submission process for the 2023 Open Call?

When registration opens for the event, you will submit your applications through an exclusive link provided by RangeMe.com. You will be able to access the link when registration goes live, but now is a great time to set up a free account on www.RangeMe.com and begin building a robust product portfolio and supplier profile. Completing this information now on www.RangeMe.com will streamline the required steps once the Open Call process starts.

Q. Are there certain requirements to apply for this event?

Yes. Your items must be made, grown or assembled in the U.S. You can learn more about requirements for made, grown or assembled in the U.S. here: https://www.ftc.gov/public-statements/1997/12/enforcement-policy-statement-us-origin-claims

Q. Are there certain requirements to be a supplier for Walmart?

Yes. You can learn more about Walmart supplier requirements here.

Q: How do I check to see what item(s) I have submitted?

All items submitted by the supplier can be viewed on the RangeMe platform.

Q: Are there any categories that won’t be accepted in the application process?

Yes. We do not allow the following categories to apply or pitch their product to a Walmart or Sam’s Club Merchant.

  • Cigarettes/Tobacco
  • Pharmaceutical Drugs
  • Smoking Accessories
  • 3 Point
  • Animal Health
  • Barn and Stall Equipment
  • Equine
  • Farm & Ranch Fencing
  • Hemp
  • Irrigation & Spraying

  • Livestock
  • Poultry
  • Tractor
  • Twine
  • Retailer Services
  • Books
  • Movies
  • Music
  • Musical instrument & karaoke
  • Products with ingredients, USPs, Description, or Name that include CBD or Cannabis

Q: What is RangeMe and why am I directed RangeMe.com to submit my product pitches?

RangeMe is the product discovery and sourcing platform where retailers and suppliers discover, connect, and grow their business. Walmart has partnered with this web platform – RangeMe for gathering all item pitches for Open Call. Subject to space availability, only items submitted on RangeMe during the application period will be considered.

Q: I attended a previous open call – can I apply again?

Yes, we encourage repeat attendees to return to Open Call and pitch for categories not previously pitched and only to Walmart and/or Sam’s Club merchants for which you have not met in the last twelve (12) months.

Q: I did not get invited for a meeting at Open Call. Can I still attend?

Companies not invited to pitch product to a merchant are still encouraged to join the live stream events hosted by Walmart executives during Open Call – instructions to be published on our corporate site.

Q: How do I know what product pitches have been selected for the merchant meetings?

All companies that submit by the deadline will receive an email after the application period closes extending a meeting invitation, outlining which category and product was selected, if appropriate.

Q. Now that I have received the email invitation to attend a meeting, how do I confirm my participation for Open Call?

Invited companies will be offered the opportunity to include a maximum of one (1) attendee if selected to attend in person or virtually.

Q. What happens after I submit my attendance confirmation for Open Call?

You will receive a confirmation email and be included in the communication stream for Open Call attendees.

Q. I submitted more products than those listed in my confirmed meetings. Can I still present those not listed?

Your product pitch should focus on items appropriate for the category for which you are meeting. Please limit your product pitch meetings to the items listed in your confirmed meeting invitation (and any color/size/style variants that are appropriate for the category listed in the confirmed meeting information).

Q: Who do I contact if I have a question about the status of my application, attendees or the overall Open Call process?

Support for all applications and RSVP-related questions is available at opencall2023@rangeme.com. General Open Call questions for Walmart can be submitted at USAJobs@walmart.com.

Q: Why should Walmart Marketplace sellers consider Open Call participation?

Walmart Marketplace sellers are uniquely positioned to tap into Walmart’s omnichannel capabilities and be among the first candidates considered for an Open Call pitch session. Established Marketplace sellers bring millions exciting products to Walmart.com already. With the Open Call opportunity, together we can expand these offerings to Walmart and Sam’s Club stores and get popular Marketplace products in the hands of millions of our brick-and-mortar customers.

Q: How can Walmart Marketplace sellers access the application form?

Walmart has partnered with RangeMe to gather all product pitches for Open Call. Once the registration opens on July 18, all live Walmart Marketplace sellers will receive a RangeMe application link via email or via Seller Center’s QuickHelp.

Q: If I am asked or recommended to join Marketplace as a seller, are there any product limitations or prohibited item policies?

Yes. Please review the Marketplace Prohibited Products Policy here: https://sellerhelp.walmart.com/seller/s/guide?article=000006005

Q: When is Open Call 2023?

October 24 and October 25

**Please know that we continue to closely monitor COVID 19 across the country. We will provide any updates or changes to the agenda below prior to event day.