The company's fourth annual U.S. Manufacturing Open Call brought in more than 500 business owners from 47 states and Puerto Rico to tour the company's headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, and network, according to a news release. The event, a part of Walmart Store Inc.'s 10-year plan to invest $250 billion in U.S. manufacturing, included 750 product presentations and promoted Walmart's forthcoming policy proposals that it hopes will benefit American businesses.
"American entrepreneurship is on full display during Open Call," Cindi Marsiglio, Walmart vice president of U.S. Manufacturing, said in a news release. "Today has been a fantastic show of innovation, and we are proud to extend an offer and digital shelf space on Walmart.com to today's participants."
The proposals under consideration would help simplify product labeling and encourage apprenticeships, according to the press release. The company is also advocating for tax and trade policies that encourage domestic manufacturing. Walmart has already committed to a 10-year plan to invest $250 billion.
"We are also committed to participating as a leader in the country when it comes to policy," Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillan said in the news release. "We believe that we should be one of the voices at the table and we want to help renew U.S. manufacturing and drive the creation of manufacturing jobs across the United States."
Here are 13 products consumers will soon see on Walmart's website following the event.
Dera Industries Inc. offers reusable zip ties. Made of a polymer used in automobiles, the ties are durable and usable in wet, cold and hot environments, according to its website. A pack of 25 costs $29.99 on Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN - Get Report) .
As seen on ABC's Shark Tank, O'Dang Hummus LLC's products have no dairy or preservatives and are all under 35 calories. There are also no oils added, and they come in a variety of flavors from hummy mustard to bombalicious buffalo.
Decalcomania brings wall decorations to life with augmented reality. After purchasing a wall decal, customers can download the Decalcomania app for Android or iOS, point the camera at the decal and watch the image come to life on their screens. The decals are $29.98 each on the company's website.
Inspired by African cuisine, this tomato and pepper sauce is organic and free of preservatives, sugar and msg. The one-pot concoction combines slow roasted bell peppers, tomatoes, scotch habaneros and red onions simmered with a collection of spices that resembles the tastes of Nigeria, according to Iya Foods' website. The price is $6.20 online.
Haven Sales & Marketing presented barbecue from Carson's Inc. After about six minutes on the grill, Carson's baby-back ribs are ready to eat, according to its website. They also come with a secret-recipe barbecue sauce and a personalized message. A serving for two to four people is $98 online.
T< Tamales LLC offers Tony's Turkey Tamales. Tamales are a traditional Mesoamerican dish with meat steamed in a corn husk. Price differs by locations. In 2016, they were voted the best tamales in Mississippi, according to its website.
"We are very happy and excited to be part of the Walmart family," Reginald Mosley, owner of T< Tamales, said in the news release. "Five years ago, my mom read the book about [Walmart founder] Sam Walton and this is a dream come true."
The Ontario Knife Co.'s five-piece cutlery set includes hardwood handle knives secured with brass compression rivets to high carbon steel blades. The company first introduced the knives in 1924. The five-piece set is $67.95 online.
Stinkbug Naturals' products are organic and free of aluminum, paraben and genetically modified organisms. Its lavender deodorant contains organic coconut oil, which harbors moisturizing and odor-fighting properties; organic beeswax; non-GMO cornstarch, which absorbs perspiration and odor-causing bacteria; odor-eliminating baking soda and lavender and tea tree essential oils. It costs $7.99 on Stinkbug's website.
Beard Balm is an all-natural leave-in conditioner to moisturize beards. According to Detroit-based Beard Balm LLC's website, it stops dryness, split ends, tangles and frizz while bringing out a natural luster. It is available for $9 on its website.
Spot Stuff is a dry powder stain remover for oil, grease or fat based stains. It is natural, eco-friendly and nontoxic, according to its Indiegogo crowdfunding page, and it can remove stains in minutes.
Tidal Vision's all-natural spray protects game meat from bacteria and spoiling as well as egg-laying flies, ticks and other insects, according to its website. An 8-fluid ounce bottle can cover a large animal such as a moose or caribou or several smaller ones at a price of $8.99. The spray can go on the meat or game bags.
Sayre Enterprises Inc.'s Service Pride keychains are available for each branch of the U.S. military. They are made in the same ways as the branch tape on uniforms. The 4.5-inch keychain comes with a click to hang off a key ring or backpack. They cost $3 online.
The Cane-Lite is a waterproof, glow-in-the-dark LED flashlight with flexible grips that can attach to a cane, walker or wheelchair. It can help seniors or other visually challenged individuals with daily tasks like reading, threading a needle, embroidery, or crafts in dimly lit situations, according to TipSee Light Co. LLC's website. The light costs $11.99.
Editors' pick: Originally published June 29.