Walmart has launched a Supplier Inclusion Showcase on Walmart.com to spotlight products from the company’s growing diverse supplier base.
The program will feature companies operated by members of minority ethnic communities, women, veterans, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and people with disabilities. Walmart noted that its diverse supplier base includes some 2,600 vendors who now represent hundreds of thousands of products in stores and on Walmart.com.
Walmart initiated the Supplier Inclusion Showcase at the kick off of the Essence Festival in New Orleans, the largest multicultural celebration in the U.S. Walmart has sponsored the Essence Festival since 2007.
The first products featured on the Supplier Inclusion Showcase are from more than a dozen Walmart vendors attending the festival. Walmart will host two conferences at the festival designed to help entrepreneurs and small businesses elevate their e-commerce presence.
“At Walmart, we are proud to be able to use our stores and websites to empower diverse suppliers,” said Michael Byron, senior director/supplier diversity and inclusion, Walmart. “Our customers represent all of America, and we want to be sure our suppliers do, too. Supplier inclusion means that we’re able to deliver innovative, quality products and a broader selection to the communities we serve. We encourage diverse companies to explore new possibilities with Walmart and on Walmart.com.”