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San Diego Entrepreneurs, Pitch Your Made in the USA Product to Walmart at Open Call Event

Local company, Confirm BioSciences, is now selling its product nationally due to success of supplier program

San Diego CA— Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, is looking for San Diego entrepreneurs to pitch their made in the USA products to the company’s buyers in a daylong event at Walmart’s global headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas on June 28, 2017. Registration has begun at walmart-jump.com; the deadline is May 18, 2017.

“We are excited to once again invite businesses from all 50 states to meet with Walmart buyers who have one goal in mind: to buy more American products for our stores, clubs and Walmart.com,” said Cindi Marsiglio, Walmart’s vice president of U.S. Manufacturing. “By investing in products that support American jobs, we are able to bring new products to our shelves that our customers want and new jobs to our communities. Increasing domestic manufacturing will help create additional jobs in the U.S., and that’s good for American businesses.”

Walmart buyers will be looking to make deals of varying sizes ranging from supplying product to a handful of stores in a local market, to supplying hundreds or thousands of stores as well as Sam’s Club locations and Walmart.com.

“We applaud companies such as Walmart that provide opportunities for our local businesses to grow and thrive,” said Jerry Sanders, President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber is committed to supporting growth of our local businesses and Walmart’s program is a great example of providing opportunity for anyone, big or small, to make great things happen in our local market and beyond.”

Additionally, last week, Walmart held its Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) summit to mark the achievement of its five year commitments to empower women. Walmart announced that during the just completed 5-year WEE commitment, the company sourced $20 billion from women–owned businesses (WOBs) for its U.S. business and increased sourcing in international markets. Today, across merchandising and professional services, Walmart has more than 1,500 WOB suppliers. As part of the event, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon announced a five year collaborative effort among Walmart and eight other major consumer companies including Campbell Soup Company, The Coca-Cola Company, ExxonMobil, General Mills, Johnson & Johnson, Mondelēz International, PepsiCo and Procter & Gamble to source from WOBs.

Confirm BioSciences is a local, women-owned company based out of San Diego that creates diagnostic substance abuse and health testing products and services. The company was able to present to Walmart and has become a supplier after meeting with a buyer. Their positive experience working with Walmart has led to a great partnership. The company was also voted a “Top Places to Work” in San Diego in 2016.

“Walmart has a strong commitment to U.S. manufacturing, and our products are made in the U.S., so our partnership is a perfect fit,” said Zeynep Ilgaz, CEO of Confirm Biosciences. “We are not a very big company and we are thankful that Walmart gave us the opportunity to be a part of their supplier program. It has done great things for our business.”

In January 2013, Walmart committed to American renewal by announcing it intends to help boost job creation and U.S. manufacturing through buying an additional $250 billion in products that support American jobs over 10 years. Based on data from Boston Consulting Group, it’s estimated that 1 million new U.S. jobs will be created through this initiative.

Last week in honor of National Pet Day Walmart further highlighted its commitment to U.S. manufacturing by showcasing American inventors creating innovative solutions to everyday problems – literally, in their own back yards like LeeBob Willingham, inventor of the Bullibone-branded dog toy, now carried in Walmart stores.

About Walmart

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, over 260 million customers and members visit our 11,695 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

About Walmart in California

In California, we serve customers at 301 retail units and online through Walmart.com and Jet.com. We are proud to employ 89,978 associates in California. Walmart supports local businesses, spending $24.5 billion with local suppliers in FYE16, which supported 212,055 supplier jobs. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are active in California communities where we live and work and invest in communities through local grants, customer engagement and associate volunteer efforts. In FYE16, we contributed more than $62.5 million in cash and in-kind donations to local nonprofits in California. Learn more at the Walmart Today blog, and our Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram channels.