Supplier Inclusion

As the world's largest retailer, Walmart strives to save people money so they can live better. This mantra is at the core of every decision we make. One way we fulfill this commitment is to embrace diversity in all aspects of our organization; from our talented associates to the supplier partners we work with to deliver the products and services our customers want and need. If you would like your diverse business to become part of Walmart’s supply chain, you can find your path here.
CEO Message
CEO Supplier Diversity Policy Statement

CEO Message

Doug McMillon sitting in front of wood wall

Save Money. Live Better. It’s a simple but powerful idea. Your company may have started the same way – with a simple but mighty concept that you believed in. Now, as you look to expand your business, I hope you’ll consider growing it with us.

At Walmart, we believe we’re at our best when we promote diversity across our supply chain.  For our suppliers, working with Walmart means access to the 275 million customers who shop our stores around the world each week.  For us, supplier inclusion means delivering better products and a broader selection to the communities we serve.  We encourage diverse companies to explore new possibilities with Walmart.

At Walmart, we believe we’re at our best when we promote diversity across our supply chain.

We have an existing network of more than 2,800 diverse suppliers, and we continue to look for new suppliers with industry expertise and a desire to deliver quality products and services at scale to our customers. While we work with many different kinds of companies – from grocery to construction – they all have one thing in common: a passion for helping our friends, families and neighbors around the world live better.

We look forward to working with you.

Sincerely,

Doug McMillon
President & CEO
Walmart Inc.

Become a Diverse Supplier

Become a Diverse Supplier

Local Suppliers

As the world's largest retailer, Walmart strives to save people money so they can live better. This mantra is at the core of every decision we make. One way we fulfill this commitment is to embrace diversity in all aspects of our organization; from our talented associates to the supplier partners we work with to deliver the products and services our customers want and need. 

An important aspect of meeting these needs across Walmart is our Supplier Inclusion Program. This program provides companies owned and operated by minorities, women, veterans, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, and people with disabilities equal footing to effectively work with us while at the same time, growing their own business.

  • In FYE19, we spent approximately $15B through our direct and indirect procurement processes.

By working with diverse suppliers, we provide opportunities for growth and development to diverse businesses. We offer a broader assortment of products to our customers at prices they can afford, and we contribute to the economic well-being of the communities we serve.

For more information, download our Supplier Inclusion Handbook.

If you would like your diverse business to become part of Walmart’s supply chain, you can find your path here: Supplier Inclusion Portal >>

FAQs

  • What is a diverse supplier?
    A diverse supplier is defined as a U.S. privately held company that is 51% owned and operated by a woman, minority, veteran, disable veteran, person with a disability or a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) community.

    Walmart recognizes and tracks the following diverse classifications:
    Women, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Native Alaskans, LGBT People, Veterans, Disabled Veterans and People with Disabilities.
  • How do I register as a diverse supplier in Walmart’s Supplier Inclusion Portal?
    All diverse suppliers need to register their companies and keep their diverse supplier certification up -to-date on the Walmart Supplier Inclusion Portal. Registering with our Supplier Inclusion program allows internal stakeholders to access your company's information but will not guarantee business and/or contract with Walmart.
  • What are the certification agencies recognized by Walmart?
    National Minority Suppliers Development Council (NMSDC)
    1359 Broadway
    New York, NY 10018
    www.nmsdc.org

    Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
    1710 H St., NW - 7th Floor
    Washington, DC, 20006
    www.wbenc.org

    Disability:IN
    Supplier Diversity
    3000 Potomac Avenue
    Alexandria, VA 22305
    www.disabilityin.org

    U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC)
    1329 18th Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20036
    www.uspaacc.com

    National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
    729 15th street, N.W. 9th floor
    Washington, DC 20005
    www.nglcc.org

    National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC)
    325 E. Crescent Lane
    Detroit, MI 48207
    www.nvbdc.org

    Federal Government
    Local Government
    DD Form 214
    WEConnect International
    http://www.weconnectinternational.org
  • Has your status as a diverse supplier changed?
    If your status has changed, you should notify us as soon as possible at SupplierInclusion@walmart.com. The change will not affect our supplier relationship, but it does impact our ability to keep information on diverse-owned businesses up to date.
  • What if I have additional questions about Supplier Inclusion or the Supplier Inclusion Portal?

Upcoming Events

Events

Supplier Diversity event

Walmart Inc, will be participating at the following events, hosted by the sponsoring organization mentioned below for the purpose to promote business activities, such as match-making, business expos, conferences and other types of networking activities. Please note the events listed may require a registration or fee to attend and it is recommended to contact the sponsoring organization directly for more specific information.

If you have any other questions, email us at SupplierInclusion@walmart.com

  • 2019 WBENC Walmart Team
    2019 WBENC Walmart Team
  • 2019 WBENC National Conference Summit and Salute
    2019 WBENC National Conference Summit and Salute
    SHELLEE FISHER
  • WBENC Breakout Session Excitement
    WBENC Breakout Session Excitement
  • Meeting with Sigma Supply of North America at the 2019 WBENC Conference
    Meeting with Sigma Supply of North America at the 2019 WBENC Conference
  • Walmart Team Member Engaging Businesses at Booth
    Walmart Team Member Engaging Businesses at Booth
  • Engaging with an Attendee at the WBENC National Conference
    Engaging with an Attendee at the WBENC National Conference
  • WBENC National Conference Interactions with Attendees
    WBENC National Conference Interactions with Attendees
  • Walmart Supplier Inclusion Team Engaging Businesses at 2019 WBENC Conference
    Walmart Supplier Inclusion Team Engaging Businesses at 2019 WBENC Conference
  • Engaging Multiple Attendees at the WBENC National Conference
    Engaging Multiple Attendees at the WBENC National Conference
  • Explaining the Impact of Walmart at the 2019 WBENC Conference
    Explaining the Impact of Walmart at the 2019 WBENC Conference
  • Excited Attendees and Associates at 2019 WBENC Conference
    Excited Attendees and Associates at 2019 WBENC Conference
  • Engagement with Women's Owned Businesses
    Engagement with Women's Owned Businesses
  • WBENC National Conference Attendees Shaking Hands at Booth
    WBENC National Conference Attendees Shaking Hands at Booth
  • Engaging Technology Businesses at 2019 WBENC Conference
    Engaging Technology Businesses at 2019 WBENC Conference
  • 2019 WBENC National Conference Discussions
    2019 WBENC National Conference Discussions
  • 2019 WBENC National Conference
    2019 WBENC National Conference
  • 2019 Essence Entrepreneur Forum
    2019 Essence Entrepreneur Forum
  • Sanaia Applesauce at 2019 Essence Fest
    Sanaia Applesauce at 2019 Essence Fest

April 28-May 1, 2019
ANA Advertising Financial Management Conference
Phoenix, AZ
May 16, 2019
Omnikal National Business Summit
New York, NY
May 16-17, 2019
NMSDC Leadership Awards
New York, NY
May 21-24, 2019
Odyssey Network Business Retreat
Naples, FL
June 5-7, 2019
USPAACC CelebrAsian Procurement Conference
Houston, TX
June 25-27, 2019
WBENC National Conference & Business Fair
Baltimore, MD
July 4-7, 2019
Essence Festival
New Orleans, LA
July 15-18, 2019
Disability:IN Annual Conference & Expo
Chicago, IL
July 24-27, 2019
National Urban League Conference
Indianapolis, IN
August 13-15, 2019
NGLCC National Conference
Tampa, FL
October 15-17, 2019
NMSDC National Conference
Atlanta, GA
November 5-6, 2019
NVBDC National Conference
Columbus, OH

Supplier Success Stories

Success Stories

For more than 30 years, the Cidre family has been delighting the taste buds of bread, pastries, sandwiches, and hors d’oeuvres enthusiasts. In 1978, Manuel and Guillermo Cidre opened a small bakery – Cidrines – in their hometown of Arecibo, Puerto Rico. They quickly became known for their Quesitos and Sobao bread.

Business was booming, and they opened multiple retail locations. In 1990, they centralized all their bread production to a new 20,000 square foot facility. Opening this facility was a turning point for Cidrines because they were now able to be a supplier to other retailers. They soon began sending their breads to other bakeries, grocery stores, fast food locations, and supermarket chains.

Cidrines had become a household name in Puerto Rico and throughout the Caribbean. In 2006, Cidrines products became available in Walmart stores in Puerto Rico. Their big break for introducing their product to Walmart U.S. customers was through a chance meeting with a Walmart associate at a Miami food show. The associate saw a great opportunity to bring the products to U.S. stores, and connected with the buyer.

The teams worked together, and products were made available in 70 test stores in south Florida. Customers responded positively, and products were expanded to more stores. Next for the team was to test the hot boxes in stores. The team identified the best stores to support the program. Customers loved the items and hot boxes, and the hot box program was expanded to 600 stores.

Cidrines will be expanded into 900 more stores this year with pan sobao—bringing their total store count to 1,700 stores. They are also working on investing in a new plant in Florida, which will help them gain distribution across the country while providing the same high-quality product without additional labor in stores and create more U.S. jobs. We are also engaging with them on the next generation of assortment for their Cidrines brand to continue that growth for years to come.

Learn more about the Cidrines and Walmart journey.

Cidrines Bakery

2019 ESSENCE Festival®

2019 ESSENCE Festival® Women’s Entrepreneur Forum

Walmart’s Supplier Inclusion Team hosted an information session at the 2019 ESSENCE Festival® and leveraged Walmart Inc. stakeholders, business leaders and influencers to share what it takes to become a supplier and grow your business on Friday, July 5, 2019. This event provided the opportunity to share Walmart’s commitment to women of color businesses and our ongoing efforts to support supply chain inclusion. The Southern Region Minority Supplier Development Council discussed certification, Walmart’s key leaders spoke specifically to what Walmart is looking for in suppliers either supporting our stores through a product or service, or online. We also had a dynamic fireside chat with women of color business leaders who shared their business journey to inspire and encourage the other women entrepreneurs in attendance.

WBENC 2018 National Conference

WBENC 2018 National Conference

Walmart and Sam’s Club team members attended the 2018 WBENC National Conference & Business Fair in Detroit, MI. We met hundreds of women entrepreneurs and had the opportunity to hear their pitches, and share the requirements necessary to be considered a supplier at Walmart. The WBENC Conference features lectures and presentations from today’s thought leaders; engaging panel discussions; Matchmaker sessions; networking receptions; and a notable Business Fair.

NMSDC 2018 National Conference

NMSDC 2018 National Conference

Walmart and Puerto Rico team members attended the 2018 NMSDC National Conference & Business Fair in Austin, TX. We met hundreds of entrepreneurs and had the opportunity to hear their pitches, and share the requirements necessary to be considered a supplier at Walmart. The NMSDC Conference features lectures and presentations from today’s thought leaders; engaging panel discussions; Matchmaker sessions; networking receptions; and a notable Business Fair.

Shop Diverse Suppliers

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Diverse group of business people

At Walmart, we believe we’re at our best when we promote diversity across our supply chain. Supplier inclusion means that we’re able to deliver innovative, quality products and a broader selection to the communities we serve.

Walmart is taking major steps to house more offerings from product lines created by women, people of color, veterans, persons with disabilities and members of the LGBT community.

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