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Wal-Mart wants to go green, locally

Wal-Mart Minnesota is calling for local vendors to supply sustainable products and services to Wal-Mart stores across the state and in Wisconsin.

Whether it's selling products made from recycled materials or using energy-efficient technologies, Wal-Mart is searching for more ways to enhance its dedication to environmental stewardship.

"Wal-Mart has made strides to implement environmentally friendly products and practices in our stores, and we want to work with more local companies to take sustainability to the next level," said Tracy Mickley, Wal-Mart market manager.

"Our call to vendors will not only help us support our commitment to protecting the earth, but also support our local businesses and economies."

Wal-Mart is proud to be a "store of the community," and provide opportunities for local companies to do business with Wal-Mart. Store managers select 25 percent of their stores' merchandise to best fit with their communities' needs, often working with local companies.

For more information about the process, potential vendors are encouraged to first contact his or her local Wal-Mart store manager to set up a meeting. If the Wal-Mart managers approve the vendor's proposal, they provide it to the corporate Wal-Mart office where the proposal is reviewed.

If approved, the vendor provides his or her products and services during a 6-12 month trial period; vendors may continue to sell their goods past this time if successful.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates Wal-Mart discount stores, supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and Sam's Club locations in the United States. Wal-Mart serves more than 176 million customers weekly in 14 markets including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom.