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Steve Bratspies

Black Friday generated big crowds at retail stores

Black Friday generated big crowds at retail stores

NEW YORK —Black Friday lived up to its reputation as the busiest shopping day of the year, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers, which estimates that about 151 million people visited a mall or shopping center over the weekend. “Black Friday kicked the holiday shopping season into high gear, driven by positive consumer

Walmart’s open call to suppliers

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Hundreds of suppliers gathered at Walmart’s headquarters this month to pitch American-made products during the retailer’s fifth annual Open Call. The company invited more than 450 businesses to meet one on one with buyers for a chance to get their products on store shelves. Steve Bratspies, chief merchandising officer for Walmart U.S.,

Walmart puts muscle behind Made in the USA push

Walmart puts muscle behind Made in the USA push

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal­mart surprised suppliers at its third “Made in the USA Open Call” event, promising that it would say yes to virtually every product pitched. “At a minimum, we’re putting every item pitched in open call on Walmart.com,” said Steve Bratspies, chief merchandising officer for Walmart U.S. The promise came during the opening