Walmart Business has shown its ambitions in the US public sector space with a recent award from group purchasing giant Omnia Partners.
Walmart Business has been named as the sole supplier on Omnia’s new contract for retail and wholesale merchandise solutions and services. The solicitation process took place in mid-2023, with request for proposals (RFPs) also received by BJ’s Wholesale Club and Continental Battery.
The contract—run by Omnia’s NCPA public sector unit—came into effect in September of last year and runs until the end of August 2026, with the option of two one-year extensions. The product range is vast, and includes categories such as office, breakroom, classroom, technology, AV, facilities and restroom. In the initial RFP document, it was estimated that the annual volume going through this contract would be around $250 million.
Walmart is offering free shipping (with no minimum order), plus free delivery and pickup from stores for orders of $35 or more. However, these benefits only apply to items sold and shipped by the retailer itself, not third-party sellers on its marketplace. In fact, in its RFP response, Walmart confirmed that marketplace sellers and their assortments were excluded from its offering under this solicitation—but did not rule out adding them if that was of interest to NCPA.