manufacturing

Retail
Walmart Selects Entrepreneurs For Open Call Event

The wait is over for entrepreneurs who submitted their applications for Walmart’s seventh annual Open Call event, as approximately 850 small and medium-sized businesses received their official invitations to pitch Walmart merchants at Walmart’s annual merchandising event on October 1.

Home Décor
Prepac Developing North Carolina Plant

Ready-to-assemble furniture producer Prepac Manufacturing, which is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, will open a new factory in Guilford County, NC.

Tabletop
Libbey To Shutter Shreveport Factory

As Libbey continues to navigate its Chapter 11 filing, the company plans to close its Shreveport, LA, factory. The closure is part of cost reduction measures and to better align manufacturing capacity with lower levels of projected demand.

Home Décor
Keter Adapts Production To Manufacture Face Shields

Keter North America, a global manufacturer of outdoor furniture and a range of leisure and storage products, has recently begun production of high-quality, reusable face shields at its plants in Anderson, Indiana, and Milton, Ontario, Canada. Both facilities have the capacity to produce about 50,000 face shields a week.

Retail
Reloading Housewares Supply Chain Awaits Orders

Concerns among U.S. housewares suppliers and retailers about supply chain disruption out of China after the initial coronavirus outbreak have been surpassed by more urgent concerns closer to home about public health and safety and economic wellbeing.

Trade Shows
IHA Plans Sourcing Mission To Vietnam

To help members investigate alternatives to sourcing from China, the International Housewares Association will hold a sourcing mission to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, next year. The 2020 Vietnam Sourcing Mission will be offered in two sessions: April 20-22 or April 23-25.

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