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More than 800 small businesses from across the country pitched their U.S.-manufactured products yesterday during 30-minute, one-on-one meetings with Walmart and Sam’s Club merchants as part of the company’s first-ever virtual Open Call event. Approximately 56% of these businesses self-report as diverse, and more…
BENTONVILLE, Ark., Sept. 4, 2020 — The wait is over for entrepreneurs who submitted their applications for Walmart’s seventh annual Open Call event as approximately 850 small and medium-sized businesses received their official invitations to pitch Walmart merchants at Walmart’s annual merchandising event on Oct. 1. This year, more than 4,800…
It’s a been a year of challenges, but in many ways Walmart’s amazing supplier community has helped get America through the first half of the year. In fact, one of the bright spots was watching our suppliers rise to the challenges COVID-19 threw at our nation. Each year,…
BENTONVILLE, Ark., July 9, 2020 — The application process for Walmart’s seventh annual Open Call is open, and the company invites entrepreneurs dreaming of landing their U.S.-manufactured products on Walmart shelves to apply for the opportunity to meet with Walmart buyers on Oct. 1, 2020 via virtual pitch meetings. The deadline to apply to…
Oct. 29, 2019 By Cindi Marsiglio, Vice President, Merchandising Services Cooler temperatures. Pumpkin spice. Halloween. American jobs.Three of these four things naturally come to mind every October. But did you know October is Manufacturing Month?Manufacturing Month is sponsored by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), and this year,…
Oct. 17, 2019 By Matt Smith, Walmart Corporate Affairs Linda White worked at an automotive parts plant in Clinton, Tennessee, for 12 years. She planned to work there until retirement, but in May 2017, leaders in her plant announced plans to close the Clinton location.Thankfully, Linda had a year to look for a new place to work. Recognizing that…
Oct. 4, 2019 By Elizabeth Walker, Walmart Corporate Affairs Melissa Miller wasn’t looking for a new career. It was 2006. The year before, Melissa’s family had moved to Griffin, Georgia, from New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans was still recovering from the devastation caused by flooding, but Melissa had every intention of one day…
BENTONVILLE, Ark., June 20, 2019 — Hundreds of entrepreneurs and small businesses lined the halls at Walmart’s Home Office on Wednesday to pitch their U.S.-manufactured products to Walmart buyers, hoping to land on store shelves and create more American jobs. During the sixth annual Open Call event, more than 100 companies moved on to the next…
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…
BENTONVILLE, Ark., June 18, 2019 — More than 500 invited entrepreneurs will descend upon Walmart headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas hoping to land the deal of a lifetime. On June 18-19, during Walmart’s 6th annual Open Call event, these eager entrepreneurs will meet face-to-face with buyers looking for new U.S.-manufactured products for store…
June 12, 2019 By Jane Incao Editor’s note: The above image was taken in 1990...
BENTONVILLE, Ark., May 29, 2019 – The wait is over for entrepreneurs who submitted their applications for Walmart’s 6th annual Open Call event, as hundreds received their invitations on May 17. These businesses will now start preparing for their trip to Walmart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas June 18-19 to pitch their product face-to-face…