Walmart looking for South Dakota suppliers

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If you are an entrepreneur, listen up.  Walmart is offering face-to-face meetings with their buyers for the chance to get your products into stores across the country.

If you live in America, you most likely know what Walmart is. However, the Arkansas-based, big box store doesn’t offer just U.S.-made products. A few years ago, they decided to increase their American made options by opening their doors to entrepreneurs.

“It’s a really exciting and unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to come to our home office in Bentonville, Arkansas, and meet face-to-face with Walmart buyers and potentially get their U.S. manufactured products in the hands of Walmart customers,” Tiffany Wilson, Walmart Director of Communications, said.

This event is called Open Call, and started six years ago with the goal of buying $250 billion in products made, sourced or grown in the U.S. by the year 2023. This is the only day of the year Walmart allows this many meetings with buyers, and each pitch is a rare opportunity.

“I mean, it’s a wonderful day. I like to call it the most wonderful time of the year. It’s really exciting. Any other time during the year, Walmart doesn’t have that many businesses in their pitch rooms all at one time, in the same day,” Wilson said.

So, how do you take part? First, sign up right now.

The deadline is April 30 at 5:00 p.m. Central Time to fill out the free application online. However, there are plenty of slots open for products in Lawn and Garden, Apparel, Toys or Home Goods. 

“So if you are an entrepreneur or small business that manufactures any of those products here in the U.S. and you have not applied, we strongly encourage you to do so,” Wilson said.

The Open Call will be held June 18 and 19 in Bentonville, Arkansas. Again, the deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 30 at 5:00 p.m. Central Time.

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