Walmart is inviting entrepreneurs to its upcoming Open Call, which is scheduled for June 13 in Bentonville, AR.
Inventors can apply now for a chance to secure a seat at a table with one of the company’s buyers by visiting walmart-jump.com. The deadline for the 5th annual Open Call is May 4.
“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 vp/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.”
Attendees at this year’s Open Call 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, according to the company. The daylong event is designed to inform, empower and encourage all who attend while providing a networking opportunity for local entrepreneurs.
In 2013, Walmart announced a plan to help boost job creation and U.S. manufacturing through buying an additional $250 billion in products that support American jobs over 10 years.