Walmart has announced it is launching a Supplier Inclusion Showcase on Walmart.com.
It will spotlight products from Walmart’s ever-growing diverse suppliers’ community which includes companies operated by minorities, women, veterans, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, and people with disabilities.
The Supplier Inclusion Showcase will launch at Essence Festival in New Orleans, the largest multicultural celebration in the U.S., which Walmart has sponsored since 2007.
The first products featured on the Supplier Inclusion Showcase are from more than a dozen Walmart suppliers attending the festival from a variety of categories including eyewear from Cynthia Bailey to Joe’s Gourmet Fish Fry to Positively Perfect Dolls by Dr. Lisa Williams.
These suppliers are part of Walmart’s network of more than the 2,600 diverse suppliers who now represent hundreds of thousands of products in Walmart stores and on Walmart.com. After Essence Festival, the showcase will be updated periodically to shine a spotlight on other diverse suppliers’ products at key moments in the future.
"At Walmart, we are proud to be able to use our stores and websites to empower diverse suppliers," said Michael Byron, Senior Director, Supplier Diversity and Inclusion.
"Our customers represent all of America, and we want to be sure our suppliers do, too. Supplier inclusion means that we’re able to deliver innovative, quality products and a broader selection to the communities we serve. We encourage diverse companies to explore new possibilities with Walmart and on Walmart.com."
Walmart will also host two conferences at Essence Festival designed to help entrepreneurs and small businesses elevate their e-commerce presence featuring a panel of entrepreneurs, Walmart U.S. and Walmart.com marketers and merchants.