How does the Walmart Open Call item submission process work?
Walmart is using RangeMe to review submissions to attend their annual sourcing event for U.S. suppliers and manufacturers, Open Call 2019.
Please submit one product per product category (Baby, Cosmetics, Snacks, etc.) to be considered by the Walmart sourcing team. Additional items within a given category should be included as variants in the submission or can be referenced at the buyer meeting if invited.
If your submission is selected on RangeMe, you’ll be notified by May 17, and invited to present your products in-person to Walmart buyers on June 19.
What is Open Call?
Walmart’s Open Call is an exciting and unique opportunity for selected American entrepreneurs to come to Walmart’s Home Office in Bentonville, AR, meet face-to-face with Walmart buyers and potentially get their product in the hands of millions of customers. Now in its sixth year, the two-day event provides information to potential suppliers, offers great networking opportunities and gives businesses of all sizes from across the nation a chance at the big break they’ve been looking for.
Why does Walmart have an Open Call event?
Walmart believes that supporting American products and American jobs makes sense for its customers, community, and company. Walmart is leading the way through its commitment to purchase an additional $250 billion in products made, sourced, or grown in the U.S. by 2023.
What are the key dates I should know?
April 30: Deadline to submit
May 17: Suppliers are notified on their Open Call submission status
June 18-19: Open Call event in Bentonville, AR
What is RangeMe?
RangeMe is the leading online platform that streamlines product discovery, sampling, and sourcing between suppliers and retailers.
I am new to RangeMe, who will have access to the information I submit?
Information submitted to Walmart on RangeMe is exclusive to Walmart buyers during Open Call. After Open Call closes your products will be discoverable by additional retailers unless you choose to remove your products.
RangeMe will contact you prior to July 20, 2019 about being discoverable by additional retailers.
My product is approved now what?
Once your product is approved by the RangeMe team your product will be published and visible to Walmart buyers on the platform. Please note the RangeMe team approves products to be published on the platform only, having your product approved does NOT mean you have been selected for Open Call.
What if I want to submit more than one product per category?
If you submit more than one product in the same category, the second submission in that category will not be reviewed -- so be sure to post your top product per category.
RangeMe will direct your product submissions to the appropriate Walmart category manager, so be sure to label your products with the appropriate categories during the submission process. Shop your local Walmart store if unsure what category is most appropriate
Can I submit multiple brands?
Yes! You are encouraged to submit products from all your brands.
If I’m selected to Walmart’s 2019 Open Call, can I present more than one product?
Yes! If invited to Open Call 2019 you will have the opportunity to present all your products within that category to the category buyer.
Where can I find the answers to questions not covered in this FAQ?
Our Friendly RangeMe support team is happy to assist, simply email our team with Walmart Open Call questions at firstname.lastname@example.org!