Walmart to Launch “Women Owned” Branding

Walmart Women OwnedOn Thursday Bentonville based retail giant Walmart will introduce a line of products from small, women-owned businesses on its website called “Women Owned”. This is the latest push from the retailer to position itself as a leader in women’s economic empowerment. More than 200 items, from coffee beans to jewelry. iPad cases to coffee beans and apparel, will be merchandised online in the “Empowering Women Together” section of The new section of its site will be promotes on its main page however for now, the products will not be available in stores.

Each product will be marked with the new “Women Owned” logo that signifies women-owned companies make the products. The logo, inspired by the gender equity movement and the action to support women in business, will join the collection of other value-driven marks.
The new marking logo, developed by Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), WEConnect International and Walmart, joins the range of signs that inform the consumers on various properties of the product related to health, social or ethical standards—they say if it’s Fairtrade, gluten-free, veg, kosher, Made in America and more. This new labeling is the first of its kind indicating the gender-related origin.

The products currently come from nine countries including Cambodia, Haiti and the United States and include a $9.88 Women’s Bean Project soup mix and cornbread mix gift set and a $20 dress from the Rwandan women’s company Gahaya Links.
The women’s items will be part of the “Store for Good,” a project is working on for products that do good for others, for consumers or for the environment. Future goods may include eco-friendly items and healthier food, it said.
WalMart’s partners in the Empowering Women Together project include Global Goods Partners and Full Circle Exchange, non-profit organizations that sell products made by women.

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Christopher Durham
Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.