MILWAUKEE (WKOW) – Are you the creator of a product that you think would fly off the shelves at Walmart?
The retail giant 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, according to a news release.
The application deadline is April 30.
“Walmart’s Open Call was an exciting experience and game-changing opportunity for our business,” Ben Pfister, President and Co-Founder, Craft Spice Blends said in the news release. “Walmart has been a great partner in helping introduce our vision of Craft Beer creativity, flavor and aroma inspired seasonings and rubs to cooking enthusiasts across the nation. Continuing to share our Craft Spice Blends with Walmart customers will create growth for our business and more jobs in our local Southeastern Wisconsin community.”
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.
Apply for Open Call today and join the conversation on your social channels by using #WalmartOpenCall