Calling All Entrepreneurs! Apply Now for Walmart’s Annual Open Call for Products Made, Grown or Assembled in the U.S.
Pitch new, niche and innovative products via
virtual meetings with Walmart scheduled for June 30, 2021
The application process for Walmart’s eighth annual Open Call is
now open, and the company invites entrepreneurs dreaming of landing
their products on Walmart shelves and online to apply for the
opportunity to meet with Walmart buyers on June 30, 2021, via
virtual pitch meetings.
The deadline to apply for participation in this year’s Open Call
for products made, grown or assembled in the United States is April
30. The application and additional information about the event are
available via this link.
On March 3, Walmart announced a new commitment to spend an
additional $350 billion on items made, grown, or assembled in the
United States. It’s estimated that this spend will support more
than 750,000 new American jobs. Walmart’s Open Call is one way in
which the company supports this commitment.
The June 30 virtual event will include similar programming to
last year. In addition to one-on-one pitch meetings with Walmart
merchants, participants will have an opportunity to hear directly
from Walmart executives at the hour-long kickoff of the event.
Smaller breakout sessions will be available throughout the day
where suppliers can learn more on valuable topics and about
resources available to them.
“Open Call is like watching the American Dream play out in real
time,” said Laura Phillips, Walmart senior vice president for
Global Sourcing & US Manufacturing. “You see on full display
the spirit and energy of new ideas and the hope of what could be –
founded on creativity, hard work, and self-belief. It’s inspiring.
Walmart’s announcement earlier this month to spend an additional
$350 billion on products made, grown or assembled in America makes
Open Call even more exciting and important. We know how much this
opportunity means to small businesses, and we can’t wait to see the
new product submissions from potential new suppliers.”
This year’s Open Call attendees could secure opportunities that
range from promoting products in a handful of stores in local
markets to supplying products to hundreds, even thousands, of
Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs and online.
“Walmart makes it easy – they really do,” Henry Johnson, who
owns Le’Host Hair & Wigs with his wife, Haith, said about their
experience at Walmart’s 2020 Open Call. “They sent us a video that
they send to everyone who’s going to present to buyers and said,
‘This is what we’re looking for.’ … We found out what was important
to Walmart as a company, in the community. What’s important to
Walmart is their customers. To us, our customers are No. 1. So,
when we saw that was the mindset of Walmart, we knew it was a good
Earlier this year, Walmart began expanding Le’Host products into
some 300 stores across the Southwest and Southeast regions of the
Apply for Open Call today by visiting
Walmart-jump.com. And you can join the conversation on your
social media channels by using #WalmartOpenCall.
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