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Walmart seeks applicants for open call event

May 1, 2018 GMT

Walmart seeks local entrepreneurs to apply for its 5th Annual Open Call event.

During Open Call, attendees could secure deals ranging from a handful of stores in a local market, to supplying hundreds or even thousands of stores, Sam’s Club locations and Walmart.com. The daylong event, scheduled for June 13 in Bentonville, Ark., gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to meet with a Walmart buyer.

“Walmart Open Call gave me an incredible opportunity to talk directly to a buyer for the largest retailer in the world,” said Nathan Failla of Pittsburgh.

“It helped me get in the door and made my product and company a player in the men’s grooming industry nationwide.”

After participating in Open Call last year, Failla’s product PocketGel now lines the shelves in more than 200 Walmart stores.

“My advice to any small business owner is to sign up for Open Call, walk into the room being completely genuine, and be prepared to go all in when you talk to your buyer,” Failla said.

Space is limited and the application portal closes on May 4. Entrepreneurs can visit Walmart-jump.com to apply.

Last year Walmart spent $9.4 billion with Pennsylvania suppliers, supporting 97,609 local jobs.

“Walmart’s investment in U.S.-manufactured products goes beyond the shelf. The investment is also in the entrepreneurs’ dream, and that can be an emotional experience for everyone involved,” said Cindi Marsiglio, Walmart’s vice president of Merchandise Services and U.S. Manufacturing.

“By investing in products that support American jobs, we’re able to bring new products to our shelves and new jobs to our communities.”

In January 2013, Walmart announced it intends to help boost job creation and U.S. manufacturing through buying an additional $250 billion in products that support American jobs over 10 years. Based on data from Boston Consulting Group, it’s estimated that 1 million new U.S. jobs will be created through this initiative.