What is a Retailer Vendor Guide?

Dorie StahlerBlog, Chargebacks, Compliance, News

Each retailer has their own Vendor Guide which completely lists their trading partner rules. Essentially, if you, the vendor, want to sell your goods to the retailer, you must follow their guidelines for everything. A buyer is interested in your product? Welcome to their playground and their rules. #1:  Get your vendor # or supplier #. This assigned number from your retailer sets your relationship in motion. Once you have a vendor #, you’ve officially changed from a unique company … Read More

Why Do Retailers Create and Enforce their Vendor Guide?

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Efficiency! Their goal is improve and track the flow of merchandise as it comes from you or your warehouse to their ultimate destination:  store, distribution center, customer.  As such, the retailer’s  rules can cover a gamut of activities, supplies and vendors including (but not limited to) ticketing, labeling, packing, packaging, freight/shipping carrier, routing, EDI documents and frequency, back orders, packing lists, box type and size, carton packing, prepacks, drop ships, invoicing, returns, and, last but not least, chargebacks. Chargebacks Chargebacks … Read More

What is a Retailer Chargeback?

Dorie StahlerBlog, Chargebacks, Compliance

For any company that supplies to large retailers, “chargebacks” can be more than a troublesome and familiar problem. Retailers use chargebacks or “offset charges” (a kinder moniker for the same consequence) as a way to motivate suppliers to comply with their supply chain requirements. Simply put, one simple vendor error can add up to biiiiiiig financial penalties.  The retailer’s Vendor Guide lists the financial penalty for each rule broken. These chargeback fees can range from $100 for the smallest infraction … Read More