MRO Magazine

Walmart Taps to Support Its U.S. Domestic Manufacturing Initiative

July 8, 2015
By Business Wire News


ThomasNet today announced that it is joining forces with Walmart to support the retailer’s U.S. Manufacturing initiative to support American jobs.

Walmart has committed to investing $250 billion in products that will support and create American jobs by 2023. Based on data from Boston Consulting Group, it is estimated that one million new U.S. jobs will be created through this initiative. Responding to feedback from its vendors that finding U.S. sources of supply was a challenge, Walmart found the solution in, industry’s leading platform for product sourcing and supplier discovery.

“As a proud supporter of U.S. manufacturing for over 100 years, we were honored when Walmart asked us to join its domestic manufacturing initiative”, said Tom Greco, Vice President of ThomasNet. “Our Corporate Edition of was designed exclusively for Walmart to offer suppliers immediate access to over half a million U.S. manufacturers of products, components and custom services.”

Mr. Greco and ThomasNet’s Director of Audience Development, Donna Cicale debuted the new Corporate Edition for Walmart at its U.S. Manufacturing Summit on July 8th in Bentonville, Arkansas.

“ThomasNet is helping Walmart give our vendors options to find the quality products and services they need to be competitive,” said Michelle Gloeckler, EVP Consumables & US Manufacturing Lead at Walmart. “This goes a long way in creating business opportunities in the U.S. that drive job growth within the manufacturing industry.”

The Corporate Edition for Walmart includes exclusive features such as:

  • My Approved Suppliers: Companies can add their approved supplier list to the platform so they can easily see when an existing vendor might meet the need for a different product.
  • Single-Send RFI: Users can invite an unlimited number of suppliers to reply to a single request for information, quote, or proposal.
  • RFI Follow Up: ThomasNet will follow up with suppliers to determine disposition of an RFI and help expedite a response.
  • Collaboration Tools: Users can share “saved suppliers” and shortlists with others in their company.

All suppliers are encouraged to register at Walmart’s Jump Portal (Jobs in US Manufacturing) From there they will be able to sign up for a special onboarding program which will include webinars, tips and information on getting the most out of the ThomasNet corporate edition created exclusively for Walmart.

For more information on ThomasNet and Walmart’s collaboration, contact Linda Rigano at or 212-629-1522.

About ThomasNet’s Supplier Discovery Platform is the leading platform for supplier discovery and selection of OEM, MRO and other products and services. This free platform serves procurement professionals, engineers, plant and facility management and other buyers from corporations, educational institutions, government agencies, the military and small businesses. It also serves manufacturers, distributors, and service companies throughout North America who want to get found by these buyers. For nearly a century ThomasNet’s “big green books” – the Thomas Register — were considered indispensable to B2B buyers and manufacturers alike. Today, the company offers a broad range of online solutions to facilitate every step of the supplier discovery process.

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, more than 250 million customers and members visit our 11,462 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 sales of nearly $486 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 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 on Facebook at and on Twitter at Online merchandise sales are available at and

Linda Rigano, 212-629-1522