How to get listed and become a Home Depot or Lowes supplier?

How to get listed and become a Home Depot or Lowes supplier?

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: 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 Depot EDI requirements, click here.

To learn more about Lowe's 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.

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