Walmart Is Now Accepting Applications for 2019 Open Call for American Products
Salt Lake City—If you’ve ever dreamed of potentially reaching thousands of customers with your American products, now is the time to act: Walmart is accepting applications for its 6th annual Open Call, scheduled for June 18 and 19 at the company’s Home Office campus in Bentonville, Arkansas. Apply today by visiting Walmart-jump.com for the opportunity to secure a face-to-face pitch meeting with a Walmart buyer. The application deadline is April 30.
“Here at Lifetime Products, we continue to invest in Made in America,” said CEO of Lifetime Products, Richard Hendrickson. “We just closed on an additional piece of land adjacent to our Tennessee factory to provide growth opportunities domestically. Our new Coolers are made completely in the US and we see that business growing for years to come. We are expanding other categories as well. Manufacturing in the US is our first priority. What most people don’t understand is that one of the common reason’s companies leave the US is for less expensive raw materials. This is often more important than the cost of labor. We need to be able to purchase steel competitively with the rest of the world to continue creating jobs and opportunities for our people here in the USA.”
This year’s Open Call attendees could secure deals ranging from a handful of stores in local markets, to supplying hundreds, even thousands of stores, Sam’s Clubs and Walmart.com. The two-day event informs, empowers and encourages attendees while providing effective networking opportunities for local entrepreneurs.
“Our customers tell us that products made, sourced or grown in the U.S. are important to them and we work year-round to identify local suppliers and source products that our customers are proud to buy,” said Cindi Marsiglio, Walmart’s vice president of Merchandise Services and U.S. Manufacturing. “Walmart’s Annual Open Call gives us a unique opportunity to meet entrepreneurs from across the country and discover new, niche and innovative products that fill a need for our customers and support jobs right here in America.”
During the 2018 Walmart Open Call, nearly 600 meetings were held with product pitches including toys, apparel, natural health and beauty aids, and food. Prospective suppliers traveled from 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. More than half of the attending businesses self-identified as diverse, including nearly 25 percent identifying as women-owned.
Following last year’s event, a new line-up of products has begun arriving on Walmart shelves and Walmart.com, representing the dreams of dozens of entrepreneurs across the country, including:
- Ahssa Foods LLC, Mesa, Arizona – Low-fat gourmet sauces
- Bodylove Naturals, Rogers, Arkansas – Natural skincare products
- The Cumberland Companies, Knoxville, Tennessee – Fog-free shaving mirror
- Mame’s Burrito Company, Denver, Colorado – Organic breakfast burritos
- The Perfect Granola, Rochester, New York – Naturally sweetened granola bars
- RPM, Savage, Minnesota – Placemats for pet food bowls
- Shoe Crazy, Chesterfield, Virginia – Unique wine blends
- Wings Cosmetics LLC, Andrews, Texas – Winged eyeliner stamp
In January 2013, Walmart announced its commitment to help boost job creation and U.S. manufacturing through buying an additional $250 billion in products supporting American jobs by 2023. Walmart’s Open Call is one way in which the company continues to invest in this commitment. Last year, Walmart spent $1.86 billion million with Utah suppliers, supporting 34,293 local jobs.
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About Walmart in Utah
In Utah, we serve customers at 59 retail units and online through Walmart Grocery Pickup, Walmart.com and Jet.com. We are proud to employ over 18,000 associates in Utah. Walmart supports local businesses, spending $1.6 billion with Utah suppliers in FYE 18, which supported over 31,000 supplier jobs. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are active in the communities where we live and work, investing in communities through local grants, customer engagement and associate volunteer efforts. In FYE 18, we contributed more than $17 million in cash and in-kind donations to local nonprofits in Utah. Learn more at the Walmart Today blog, and our Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram channels.