Q: What is the Walmart Mexico Open Call event?
Mexico Open Call is a sourcing event for Walmart Mexico. It’s an exciting and unique opportunity for selected entrepreneurs to pitch their product to a Walmart merchant and potentially get their product in the hands of millions of our customers. Products must be manufactured, grown, or assembled in Mexico to be considered for the event.
These product pitches are 30-minute one-on-one meetings to secure deals ranging from a handful of local stores to supplying hundreds of stores, as well as Walmart.com and Walmart Marketplace.
In addition to the pitch meetings, the one-day program includes a series of breakout sessions designed to inform, empower and encourage business owners of all sizes. Many of the sessions are open to the general public virtually, making the program accessible to more businesses and convenient for them to participate regardless of location.
Q: Why do we host a Mexico Open Call event?
We believe that supporting products and jobs makes sense for our customers, our communities, and our company. Our Mexico Open Call event underscores our commitment to investing in Mexican suppliers and the communities they serve.
Q: What is the application and submission process for the 2023 Made in Mexico event?
When registration opens for the event, you will submit your applications through an exclusive link provided by RangeMe.com. You will be able to access the link when registration goes live, but now is a great time to set up a free account on www.RangeMe.com and begin building a robust product portfolio and supplier profile. Completing this information now on www.RangeMe.com will streamline the required steps once the process starts.
Q: Are there certain requirements to apply for this event?
Yes. Your items must be manufactured, grown, or assembled in Mexico. The Mexican government, through the Ministry of Economy, is the holder of the “Hecho en México” (Made in Mexico) trademark, which is an official distinctive sign that may be used to identify products that are made in Mexico. The Mexican Ministry of Economy authorizes the use of the "Hecho en México" (Made in Mexico) trademark to companies or suppliers over such products manufactured within the Mexican Republic and which comply with the provisions established in the applicable regulation: ACUERDO mediante el cual se establecen los requisitos para otorgar el uso, licencia y sublicencia de la marca Hecho en México (https://dof.gob.mx/nota_detalle.php?codigo=5472970&fecha=24/02/2017#gsc.tab=0)
Q: Are there certain requirements to be a supplier for Walmart?
Yes. You can learn more about Walmart supplier requirements here: https://corporate.walmart.com/suppliers
Q: How do I check to see what item(s) I have submitted?
All items submitted by the supplier can be viewed on the RangeMe platform.
Q: Are there any categories that won’t be accepted in the application process?
Yes. We do not allow the following categories to apply or pitch their product to Walmart Mexico Merchants:
Barn and Stall Equipment
Farm & Ranch Fencing
Irrigation & Spraying
Musical instrument & karaoke
Products with ingredients, USPs, Description, or Name that include CBD or Cannabis
Q: What is RangeMe, and why am I directed to RangeMe.com to submit my product?
RangeMe is the product discovery and sourcing platform where retailers and suppliers discover, connect and grow their businesses. Walmart has partnered with this web platform – RangeMe, to gather all item pitches for the event. Subject to space availability, only items submitted on RangeMe during the application period will be considered.
Q: I did not get invited to a meeting at the event. Can I still attend?
Companies not invited to pitch products to a merchant are still encouraged to join the live-stream events hosted by Walmart Mexico executives. The Walmart team will share more information at a later date on how to join that session virtually.
Q: How do I know what product pitches have been selected for the merchant meetings?
All companies that submit by the deadline will receive an email after the application period closes extending a meeting invitation, outlining which category and product were selected, if appropriate or applicable.
Q: Now that I have received the email invitation to attend a meeting, how do I confirm my participation in the event?
Invited companies will receive an email with registration directions to confirm participation. Those companies will also be offered the opportunity to include a maximum of one (1) attendee if selected to attend in person. Invited companies that are offered a virtual meeting option will have the opportunity to include a maximum of three (3) attendees.
Q: What happens after I submit my attendance confirmation for the event?
You will receive a confirmation email and be included in the communication stream for Mexico Open Call attendees.
Q: I submitted more products than those listed in my confirmed meetings. Can I still present those not listed?
Your product pitch should focus on items appropriate for the category for which you are meeting. Please limit your product pitch meetings to the items listed in your confirmed meeting invitation (and any color/size/style variants that are appropriate for the category listed in the confirmed meeting information).
Q: Who do I contact if I have a question about the status of my application, attendees, or the overall Open Call process?
Support for all applications and RSVP-related questions are available at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: When is the 2023 Mexico Open Call event?
April 18, 2023
**Please know that we continue to closely monitor COVID-19 across the country. We will provide any updates or changes to the agenda prior to the event day.**