Created a product? Walmart wants to hear your pitch


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The world’s largest retailer is looking for entrepreneurs to pitch their made-in-the-USA products to the company’s buyers.

Walmart is hosting a day-long event at their global headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, on June 28.

“We are opening our doors and making our buyers available to meet with suppliers with one goal in mind: buy more American products,” said Cindi Marsiglio, vice president of U.S. Sourcing and Manufacturing.

“From food to toys to apparel, and companies large and small from coast to coast, we want to make a deal with you for your U.S. made products,” Marsiglio added.

Registration has begun for the 2016 Manufacturing Summit and Open Call. Learn more and apply at

The deadline to register is May 27.

In a press release, Walmart said KettlePizza’s 12-person company attended the 2015 Open Call and signed a deal for their pizza conversion kit to be on the shelves of 500 Walmart stores.

“Landing a deal with Walmart was huge for us,” said KettlePizza co-founder, George Peters. “Our deal at Open Call gave our small company the chance at a national audience, which is what we needed to take our company to the next level. There is no faster path to a national retail presence than Walmart. Our deal was a game changer.”

Myndology, Inc. also landed a deal for their ring-bound flashcards to be sold in over 3,000 Walmart stores.

“Since our deal for flash cards, we’ve sold two more products to Walmart. I recommend to anyone manufacturing in the U.S. to submit to Open Call if they want to bring their items to retail,” said Nick Miller, President and Owner of Myndology, Inc.

Walmart says deals are possible for just a few to thousands of Walmart stores, including and Sam’s Club locations across the country.

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