Walmart has announced that the application process for its eighth annual Open Call is now open.
Washington entrepreneurs are invited to apply for the opportunity to meet with Walmart buyers on June 30 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. 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 and Sam’s Clubs.
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 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 and U.S. Manufacturing in a prepared statement. “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.”
Click here to apply for Open Call, and join the conversation on social media channels by using #WalmartOpenCall.