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Posted: Tuesday, 08 July 2014 9:05PM

Walmart Hosts 'Made in the USA' Open Call for Suppliers



Walmart(BENTONVILLE, Ark.) -- Walmart announced on Tuesday that it would open its doors and shelves to U.S. manufacturers at its world headquarters in the hopes of getting consumers to buy more American products.

In an announcement made Tuesday morning, Bill Simon, president and CEO of Walmart U.S., called the Made in the USA Open Call "unprecedented."

"When we buy new products, suppliers hire people to make those products. These American jobs build families and communities, and they help our country thrive." In the next 10 years, Walmart expects to spend an additional $250 billion on products that support domestic manufacturing and American jobs.

Walmart also noted a focus on other topics during the Open Call, highlighting the importance of labeling and packaging, product compliance, sustainability, supplier administration, their customers and supplier diversity.

"Increasing Walmart's purchases that support American jobs makes sense for our customers, our communities and our company," said Michelle Gloeckler, Walmart's executive vice president of consumables and U.S. manufacturing.

Walmart says items made, sourced, assembled, or grown in the United States already account for about two-thirds of what the company spends to buy products.


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