I don't have the figure at hands, but I can imagine that over the past two or three decades, Walmart has imported tens? hundreds? of billions of dollars worth of cheap plastic crap from China at the expense of Sam Walton's good-intentioned but failed campaign to champion the Made in America label. Can the company make up for that damage by promising to buy $250 billion over the next 10 years. Sam's Club CEO Rosalind Brewer, if you count putting cheap plastic products from China in American packaging, thinks so.
Anything Wal-Mart can do to bring jobs home to American workers is included in the company’s U.S. sourcing initiative; and this includes retail packaging, according to Cindi Marsiglio, vp of U.S. manufacturing at Wal-Mart.
Now, that isn't nothing, but since shipping packaging makes no economic sense---check your imported beer sometime to see where the golden nectar was actually bottled---and packaging is a major cost in the marketing process, but to slap a Made In The USA label on a piece of cheap plastic crap from China just because the package as made here, is disingenuous. Brewer continues:
In January of 2013, Walmart committed to buying an additional $250 billion in U.S. products by 2023. Since beginning this journey just two years ago, the company says it’s seeing suppliers make enormous strides in finding ways to assemble or produce products in the U.S., which is helping boost job creation. Boston Consulting Group estimates that 1 million new U.S. jobs will be created through this initiative, including direct manufacturing job growth of approximately 250,000, and indirect job growth of approximately 750,000 in the support and service sectors. But what this commitment means to American manufacturers, American workers and the American economy has yet to be written on the wall. I interviewed Cindi Marsiglio, vp of U.S. manufacturing at Wal-Mart, to learn how this initiative may impact Dordan’s customers; that is, those responsible for any dimension of product packaging; be it packaging designers, brand managers, purchasing agents, supply chain managers and all those in between. Marsiglio has worked at Wal-Mart for more than eight years, serving in a variety of capacities within the government relations arm of the corporation. She has been spearheading the U.S. sourcing initiative for about a year in Bentonville, AR, Wal-Mart’s headquarters. According to Wal-Mart’s suppliers, about two-thirds of the products sold at Wal-Mart are made, sourced, assembled or grown domestically. Since Walmart announced its commitment to domestic manufacturing, the company says it continues to see progress from supplier’s expanding manufacturing in the U.S.
Take grocery items, particularly produce, out of those figures and suddenly the numbers don't look that good. I applaud Walmart's attempts to mitigate decades of damage to the American economy, but we should not BE fooled by flackery and shell games. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

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