The Reshoring Initiative and Walmart Launch Effort to Help Suppliers Reshore
The Reshoring Initiative recently announced a program in partnership with Walmart to help companies manufacture more consumer products in the United States.
Walmart has committed to increase its U.S. purchases by $250 billion annually by January 2023.
The new program provides direct, personal access to 35 manufacturing trade associations, companies, banks, U.S. Commerce Department offices, and other groups. Each group has assigned dedicated resources to help companies develop and implement plans to produce or source more domestically produced goods. The program launch was coordinated with Walmart’s Open Call and U.S. Manufacturing Summit in Bentonville, Arkansas, which was attended by the U.S. Commerce Secretary, two governors and current and prospective suppliers.
The Reshoring Support page on Walmart’s JUMP (Jobs in U.S. Manufacturing Portal) site links to the Reshoring Initiative’s Resources for Retail Suppliers page, which contains resources to facilitate and accelerate supplier efforts. Issues from product selection, to cost reduction, managing the transition to reshoring and financing are included for large, small, foreign and domestic companies. The resources offer guidance to help manufacturers select products and succeed in profitably producing or sourcing products in the United States.
“When Walmart committed to buy an additional $250 billion over 10 years in products that support American jobs, we knew we could also play an important role as facilitator and accelerator,” said Cindi Marsiglio, vice president of US manufacturing at Walmart. “We created Walmart-Jump.com to help companies find resources on manufacturing in the U.S. The Reshoring Initiative’s support page is a great addition to that resource library.”
The Reshoring Initiative provides a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Estimator which allows users to determine the total cost of offshoring by accounting for and understanding the relevant offshoring costs, which include inventory carrying costs, shipping expenses, intellectual property risks and more. “We were honored to be called on by Walmart to support its Made in USA program,” said Harry Moser, founder and president of the Reshoring Initiative. “We estimate the company’s increased purchases will add 300,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs.”
Walmart has supported at least 43 suppliers to add 4,579 or more U.S. manufacturing jobs so far, according to Moser, and is currently the largest force driving reshoring.
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