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Walmart Now Accepting Applications for 2019 Open Call for American Products

Company invites entrepreneurs to pitch new, niche and innovative products at 6th annual event June 18 – 19, 2019

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 for the opportunity to secure a face-to-face pitch meeting with a Walmart buyer. The application deadline is April 30.

“Pitching a national retailer like Walmart was a truly outstanding experience that led to us getting our product into Walmart stores across Chicagoland,” said Alex Castro, President of La Guadalupana, a third-generation, family-owned and Chicago-based food company. “Walmart was with us every step of the way, providing support from the Open Call event until our products were on shelves in more than 40 stores.”

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 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.

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 $48.1 billion million with Illinois suppliers, supporting 2,930 local jobs.

Apply for Open Call today and join the conversation on your social channels by using #WalmartOpenCall

About Walmart in Illinois

Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online and through their mobile devices. In Illinois we serve customers at 186 retail units and online through Walmart Online Grocery, and our family of brands. We are proud to employ 54,000 associates in Illinois. Walmart supports local businesses, spending $48.1 billion with Illinois suppliers in FYE18 and supporting 2,930 Illinois supplier jobs. Walmart continues to be a leader in employment opportunity, sustainability, and corporate philanthropy. In FYE18, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation contributed more than $36 million in cash and in-kind donations to local nonprofits in Illinois and our Illinois associates volunteered more than 28,000 hours with local causes. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting our corporate website and our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter channels.

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