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Walmart and Flipkart announce MoU with National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) to help MSMEs unlock their export potential

MoU announced during the Walmart Vriddhi Seller Summit, attended by the Honorable Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Shri Narayan Rane

Narayan Rane, Narayan Tatu Rane, BJP, Bharatiya Janata Party, Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, National Small Industries Corporation, NSIC, Walmart

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New Delhi , 06 Dec 2022

India and BENTONVILLE, Ark., December 6, 2022: Walmart and Flipkart today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) to jointly accelerate capacity building for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) across India. 

The partnership is also aimed at supporting MSMEs in their journey towards becoming a part of retail supply chains, locally and globally. The MoU was signed at the Walmart Vriddhi Seller Summit in New Delhi, an event marking the milestone of 20,000 MSMEs having completed their training under the Walmart Vriddhi Supplier Development Program (Walmart Vriddhi), of which, Swasti is a program partner. 

The event was attended by Shri Narayan Rane, Honorable Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India, and Shri Gaurang Dixit, Chairman-Cum-Managing Director, National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC).

The partnership with NSIC will enable a greater number of small businesses and entrepreneurs across India to access the Vriddhi program, which offers a complete learning platform with training provided free of cost, along with access to expert assistance required to grow and expand their businesses. 

The Vriddhi program also includes training, seminars and mentoring sessions conducted regularly for MSMEs. Tens of thousands of MSMEs have registered for the program from metros and Tier II and III cities across India, and over 20,000 MSMEs have completed the program successfully. 

The partnership will enhance access for participating MSMEs to schemes offered by the NSIC while      making learning resources of Vriddhi available to MSMEs registered with the NSIC.Shri Narayan Rane, the Honorable Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises of India, said, “I'm glad to see that Walmart's Vriddhi program has enabled a large number of Indian MSMEs to expand, boost their production, and experience growth. 

Walmart has been instrumental in enabling MSMEs with training and capacity building, especially through the pandemic. The Indian MSME sector currently comprises of 6.3 crore MSMEs that employ more than 11 crore people. We look forward to Walmart’s continued support to the growing MSME sector in the country.” 

Shri Gaurang Dixit, Chairman-Cum-Managing Director, at NSIC, said, “NSIC is committed to the growth and development of a robust MSME sector in India. We look forward to working with Walmart Vriddhi to help MSMEs under the program get access to our schemes and make the learning resources of Vriddhi available to MSMEs under NSIC. 

Through this partnership, MSMEs across the country can get the necessary support required to further expand their businesses nationally and across the globe.”Jason Fremstad, Senior Vice President, Supplier Development, at Walmart, said, “Walmart is deeply proud to announce the graduation of over 20,000 MSMEs from the Vriddhi program today. 

We are delighted to play a role in catalyzing the entrepreneurial spirit in India and supporting the growth ambitions of small business owners with this program. With our ongoing commitment to triple exports from India by 2027 to $10 billion annually, we look forward to supporting more small businesses in their efforts by providing potential access to online and offline markets in India and globally.”    

Rajneesh Kumar, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Flipkart Group, said, “As a homegrown company, we are passionate about the growth of Indian MSMEs and building an enabling and inclusive e-commerce ecosystem.  We are excited and committed to be part of India's economic growth story by helping millions of local businesses adopt e-commerce via Walmart Vriddhi and Flipkart’s marketplace. 

Technology and innovation will play a critical role in the growth of small businesses in India. With that mission, our efforts are focused on helping them digitize their business and explore growth opportunities  through e-commerce. We are delighted to continue to deepen our engagement with NSIC through this MoU and expand opportunities to small businesses, artisans, weavers across India.”    

Many local homegrown brands have already benefited from training provided by the Vriddhi program.Graamya has started selling on the Flipkart marketplace to reach newer markets for its      spices. Grammya also exports to the US, Switzerland, and the UK and are also focusing on Indian cloud kitchen businesses operating overseas.

Akhil Marketing expanded and created a separate office space for e-commerce.  Today, Akhil Marketing's online sales contribute to 30%, which they are working to ramp up to 50%.Shri Balaji Online Store, which manufactures sofa covers, chenille sofa fabrics, and tissue curtains, found Vriddhi to be a critical lifeline through the pandemic. eCommerce helped them grow sales from 0% to 45%-50%.

About Walmart

Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere - in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, approximately 220 million customers and members visit approximately 10,500 stores and clubs under 48 banners in 24 countries and eCommerce websites. 

With fiscal year 2021 revenue of $559 billion, Walmart employs 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting, on Facebook at and on Twitter at

About Flipkart Group

The Flipkart Group is one of India's leading digital commerce entities and includes group companies Flipkart, Myntra, and Flipkart Wholesale. Started in 2007, Flipkart has enabled millions of consumers, sellers, merchants, and small businesses to be a part of India's e-commerce revolution, with a registered customer base of over 300 million, offering over 150 million products across 80+ categories. 

Our efforts to democratise e-commerce in India, drive access and affordability, delight customers, create lakhs of jobs in the ecosystem and empower generations of entrepreneurs and MSMEs have inspired us to innovate on many industry firsts. 

The recent launch of Flipkart Wholesale, our new digital marketplace, is a testament to our commitment to accelerate the growth of kiranas and MSMEs in India. Flipkart is known for pioneering services such as Cash on Delivery, No Cost EMI and easy returns – customer-centric innovations that have made online shopping more accessible and affordable for millions of Indians. 

Together with Myntra, which holds a prominent position in the online fashion market, and now Flipkart Wholesale, the Flipkart Group will continue to steer the transformation of commerce in India through technology.

About Swasti

Swasti, a part of the Catalyst Group, is headquartered in Bengaluru, India and active globally with a footprint in 30 countries, was founded in 2004. Swasti co-designs demonstrable and scalable solution models in partnership with communities on the ground and influences policies nationally and internationally. 

Over the past 15 years, Swasti has directly reached over 400,000 people through its initiatives, including more than 238,000 factory workers, the majority of whom are women.



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