Ask Entrepreneur

How do I become a supplier for a big retailer such as Wal-Mart, Target, Sears, etc.?

There are several ways for you to do business with large national brands. One is to connect with another organization/wholesaler that sells to the large chains. Call the corporate headquarters of each store, tell each one what you want to sell, and they should be able to refer you to the right company to approach.

The second way is to go directly to the nearest location of the stores you'd like to sell to and ask to make an appointment to speak with the store manager. Be prepared to answer specific questions about production, manufacturing, quality control, distribution and pricing relating to your product. Be ready to explain the product's relevance and value to the target markets that will be interested in buying the product (toddlers, new moms, tweens, empty-nesters, etc.).

If the conversation goes well, you will be invited to fill out paperwork to submit a request for consideration as a new supplier. Remember that thousands of people are looking to do the same thing you are, so you have to be passionate, prepared and patient to work through whatever system each store has developed.

Best of luck with your endeavor.

Share Your Thoughts

Today's Editor's Picks

About ASK ENTREPRENEUR

Ask Entrepreneur is a question-and-answer forum for and by the Entrepreneur.com community. Send in your burning business question, or comment on someone else's now. Have a Question? Ask Now

Topics (over 1000+ answers)

Ask Entrepreneur Q&A Hangouts

Google + Hangout With Shark Tank
Google + Hangout With Jason Falls
Google + Hangout With Angela Jia Kim
Google + Hangout With Grant Cardone

ASK Quick Tips