More than 500 companies heading to Walmart headquarters in search of their big break
More than 500 invited entrepreneurs have hit Walmart headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas hoping to land the deal of a lifetime. This is Walmart’s 6th annual Open Call event and the eager entrepreneurs are meeting face-to-face with buyers looking for new U.S.-manufactured products for store shelves and Walmart.com.
The companies attending this year’s event represent a broad geography, including 48 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and Australia. Collectively, their impact on the U.S. manufacturing sector can be felt across the country as they are manufacturing their products in 44 different states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Of the states represented at this year’s event, and California, Florida and Texas have the highest representation of locally headquartered companies.
Cindi Marsiglio, Walmart Vice President for Merchandising Services and U.S. Manufacturing, said, “In 2013, Walmart made a commitment to help boost job creation and U.S. manufacturing through buying an additional $250 billion in products supporting American jobs by 2023. Our annual Open Call is one way we continue to invest in this commitment while discovering new items that fulfill the needs of our customers. We have a very strong pool of supplier-hopefuls this year our buyers can’t wait to hear their pitches.”
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