AAM's Scott Paul on CNN: Potential skepticism of Walmart plan to source more American-made goods

Posted by scapozzola on 01/17/2013

Earlier this week, Walmart CEO Bill Simon announced that the company plans to buy an additional $50 billion in U.S.-made products over the next 10 years.

The news was widely scrutinized, and Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) president Scott Paul was quoted by ABC News as saying that the announcement, if true, could be a "game changer" because no other company "drives retailing trends like Walmart":

“Ideally, Walmart’s and Sam’s Club’s pledge of increased domestic sourcing will include higher-ticket items like appliances and apparel, and not simply more of the current paper goods and vegetables that are made in the U.S.,” Paul said.

In an interview on CNN, Paul was more skeptical, though, observing that Walmart has offered PR-friendly gestures in the past:

ALISON KOSIK, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Yes it's interesting timing isn't it...we spoke with the executive director of the American Alliance for Manufacturing who points out you know what, we've actually seen this one before.

SCOTT PAUL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ALLIANCE FOR AMERICAN MANUFACTURING: Walmart has been a major part of the problem for the last couple of decades. And I point out and just to stretch your memories a little bit in the mid-'80s Walmart announced a big made in America campaign saying they were going to bring jobs back. And it proved to be a PR stunt. At the same time they were citing very specific examples of some products they were sourcing in the United States and they continue to off-shore.

AAM will be watching to see if Walmart follows through on its commitment.

Click here to read AAM's full statement on the Walmart announcement.

1 comment

Anonymous wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

foreign products

I don't like Walmarts! They have too many foreign products, they are more expensive on produce. They cater to Mexican produce and this is putting our farmers out of business in CA. Obama gave the green card workers a 1.00 an hour raise. Obama don't realize that they are on piece work. This makes the wages about 20.00 an hour. How can CA or any state compete with Mexico or foreign produce. State is paying the farmers "not to farm" and water is being sold to San Diego.
The regulations on American farmers and no regulations on Mexican or foreign produce. I don't buy foreign produce!
I would like to know how much money China has invested in Mexico farms, Mexico gets their water from the All American canal. How will his affect our food supply? The trade with Mexico is out of balance.

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