Since opening for business in 1978, The Home Depot has grown into a business with more than 2,200 retail stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With reported fiscal 2013 retail sales of $78.8 billion and an active interest in partnering with businesses of all types and sizes to supply customers with home, yard, garden and landscape products, this big-box store is an opportunity for you to realize financial success by becoming a vendor.
Research and Compare
The Home Depot recommends that before getting started, you research the corporate website, compare your products to those the company already offers and make sure your products provide a solution the company actually needs. For example, ask whether your product is of better quality or can help customers accomplish a task faster or less expensively. This step is vital because the application requires fact-based information about what sets your products and company apart from the competition.
Register as a Small-Business Supplier
Becoming a Home Depot vendor is two-step process that starts by filling out an online registration questionnaire. You need to supply a federal tax identification number, a Dun and Bradstreet number, company ownership and facilities information, such as the number of employees and locations, and company financial information. After registering, you receive a login ID, password and authentication key via email, which is necessary to access the vendor application website and complete the process.
Submit Product Information
You won’t have the opportunity to make an in-person presentation because Home Depot conducts the entire vendor application process online via their supplier application portal. However, you can -- and are encouraged to -- upload photos, catalog links, service licenses, records and a slide-show presentation that you create specifically for Home Depot along with the application. Use the information provided in your registration email to access the application website.
It takes about 60 days from the time you submit a new vendor application to find if your company is the newest Home Depot vendor. During this time, the buyer reviewing your application may email you with additional questions or request that you send a sample product for closer inspection. If approved, you’ll be assigned to a buyer representative. If not, you’ll have an opportunity to reapply after a six-month waiting period.