July 27, 2020
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Walmart offers Open Call to American manufacturers

Are you an entrepreneur with a product that’s ready for prime time? The application process for Walmart’s 7th annual Open Call is open now through Aug. 10. The program gives entrepreneurs a chance to meet with Walmart buyers in a virtual pitch on Oct. 1, coinciding with the start of Walmart’s celebration of U.S. Manufacturing Month.

In addition to one-on-one pitch meetings with Walmart buyers, participants will have an opportunity to hear directly from Walmart executives and learn from company leaders during smaller breakout sessions designed to inform, empower and encourage supplier-hopefuls.

This year’s Open Call attendees could secure deals ranging from a handful of stores in local markets to supplying hundreds, even thousands of stores, Sam’s Clubs and on Walmart.com.

“If we can create great local jobs, we’re going to have better stores and better, stronger communities,” said Walmart CEO Doug McMillon. “We want everybody who has anything to do with Walmart – whether they’re a customer or an associate or a supplier of ours – to benefit.”

Learn more at engage.walmart-jump.com



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When the mills close, what's next?

By Mac Alexander Macdonald

What do communities do when their chief sources of income evaporate?

"Re-galvanize and reinvent," says Marc Abshire, executive director of the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce. But what can we do as citizens to contribute to making this a place where industry wants to locate? What will people in the future want to purchase or acquire, and then how do we attract those companies, while nurturing the businesses we currently have? Complacency is not an option, and neither is hope alone.

For a company to partner with an area, it needs a ready and ample workforce. Are people being trained for the skills needed? Will enough housing be available? Will company executives and workers feel comfortable having their medical needs met? Will all employees feel comfortable having their kids educated in the local schools?

Robert Duvall's second famous line in the movie "Apocalypse Now" was, "Someday this war is going to end." Someday this pandemic will be over, so we need to prepare now. Communities like mine need to lay aside rivalries and attract passengers to their future train. It has been well quoted: When the time for action arrives, the time for preparation has passed.

Read the full guest column in The Seattle Times