Want to become a supplier of Home Depot or Lowes?
Tuesday, September 4, 2018Lauren Macdonald
Do you have a product that would be perfect for the shelves of Home Depot or Lowes? Have you ever wondered what it would take to become a merchandise supplier and have your product sell in their stores?
If so, you’ll be happy to know that we’ve been helping vendors like you sell their products in Home Depot and Lowes for over 25 years now. Here’s our quick breakdown of 2 important steps you should take to get started:
Step 1: Submit for product approval
The first thing you’ll have to do to sell your product in Home Depot or Lowes, is submit a request to have your product approved.
Click here for Home Depots’ online product submission form
Click here for Lowes’ online product submission form
Here’s a few tips to enhance your submission and improve your chances of gaining approval:
Include a short description of the product’s benefits
Include photographs or illustrations of the product
Mention relevant pricing and ordering information
Attach patents or other documentation highlighting the product’s retail appeal
If possible, include customer testimonials
Don’t forget to show what your product’s packaging looks like
Share your website and contact information
Remember that your goal is to convince Home Depot, Lowes, or both, of how THEY will benefit by carrying your product on their shelves. It also helps to show that you are passionate about a relationship with their company and the ongoing marketing efforts you’ll make on the store’s behalf.
Step 2: Ensure you can meet their requirements for EDI
Home Depot and Lowes are two of the largest retailers for home hardware and furnishings. To be a merchandise supplier of theirs, you’ll need to transact important business documents through a process known as EDI.
Most big-box retailers like Home Depot and Lowes, have their own set of unique requirements for meeting EDI compliancy. It’s important that you ensure you can meet these requirements in order to improve your chances of being chosen to stock their shelves with your products.
To learn more about Home Depots’ EDI requirements, click here.
To learn more about Lowes’ EDI requirements, click here.
Setting up EDI can be complex and confusing, and if you don’t get it right, you’ll face costly chargebacks from Home Depot, Lowes, or other big-box retailers, for failure to transact business documents efficiently.
To make sure you get EDI set up correctly and in line with each retailers’ strict requirements, contact eBridge Connections for help, anytime. email@example.com