SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Walmart today is issuing an open invitation to all of those Illinois online businesses – known as affiliates -- to explore the opportunity to join Walmart.com's Affiliate Network. This invitation comes as Amazon.com and Overstock.com threaten to terminate their relationships with all Illinois affiliates should H.B. 3659 (Main Street Fairness Act) be signed into law.
"We applaud and support the members of the General Assembly and Governor Quinn for their leadership in supporting this retail fairness legislation," said Julie Murphy, Senior Vice President of Operations for Walmart. "This legislation will create a level playing field for online-only retailers and brick and mortar retailers."
Walmart is committed to supporting the affiliate programs which help to drive Walmart.com's online business. It currently partners with more than 45 Illinois based affiliates representing millions of dollars in revenue. Walmart will continue to collect and remit all sales taxes due on all Walmart.com sales to alleviate all regulatory burdens from its customers. Any affiliate interested in working with Walmart.com should visit www.affiliates.walmart.com.
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