How To Sell Your Products On Stage Stores

How to Dropship with Stage Stores in 2020

Stage is a department store company that has been around for over thirty years. Stage has hundreds of department stores across the country with the names Bealls, Palais Royal, Peebles, Stage, and Goody’s. For companies looking to get their products into this group of department stores, it can be a challenging task. In recent years Stage has made it a bit easier to create a partnership with them. Like all of its department store competitors, they have realized the importance of e-commerce and are doing their best to grow and improve their online presence.

In an effort to grow their selection of products on their website and cut down on the products they keep in their warehouses, Stage established a dropship program called Direct to Consumer. The Direct to Consumer program allows vendors to list their products on the Stage websites and have access to an already existing customer base. After a customer purchases one of the vendor’s items, they are responsible for shipping the product directly to the consumer.

This program is an excellent opportunity for vendors, but it can be tricky to achieve. In this article, we have put together everything you need to know about becoming a vendor with stage stores and what you should expect.

How To Become a Vendor for Stage Stores

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This program is an excellent opportunity for vendors, but it can be tricky to achieve. In this article, we have put together everything you need to know about becoming a vendor with stage stores and what you should expect.

Call Corporate

Like all big companies, Stage has a corporate headquarters office; call this office directly and ask to be put in contact with the right person in their buying department. They may be hesitant to connect you with a buyer directly on the phone, but you may be able to leave a voice mail or ask for the buyer’s name or email address. Once you have an email address for the right department or individual, you can send them an email with your company information and a product catalog. 

Stage Stores Corporate Number: (713) 667-5601

LinkedIn

If you are able to get the buyer’s name, you can use LinkedIn to find them and send them a message through that platform. You can also use LinkedIn to find individuals in the buying department by searching them through the company and position title. Through this platform, you may be able to make contact with the right individual or get the contact information for the right person you need to reach.

Mail

Traditional mail might also be a great way to reach the Stage buying department. Put together a high-quality product catalog and a letter introducing your company. Be sure to include all relevant information about your brand and your capabilities. Once you have put these things together, you can send them to their buying department at the corporate office. The Stage corporate headquarters office is located in Houston, TX. 

Address:
Stage Stores, Inc
2425 West Loop S
Houston, TX 77027

Once you have managed to make contact with someone in their buying department and they have shown interest in your products, they will want to schedule a call to learn more about your company and capabilities for inventory, shipping, and connections. From here, the buyer will decide whether or not to move forward with you as a buyer.

Direct Ship Process

After you and the buyer agree to move forward with a partnership, here are the following steps you should expect. 

  • The buyer and the vendor agree on a selection of inventory.
  • The vendor provides an accurate inventory feed through CommerceHub.
  • The agreed products go live on the Stage website(s).
  • A customer places an order for one of the vendors’ products. 
  • The purchase order is sent to the vendor. 
  • The vendor acknowledges and processes the order while following all Stage specifications. 
  • The vendor ships the order to the customer within 48 hours of receiving the purchase order. 
  • The vendor provides Stage with shipment confirmation and tracking information that is used as a self invoice.

Order Processing

When a vendor receives a purchase order, they are responsible for fulfilling the order within 48 hours. If, for any reason, the vendor is not able to fulfill the order, they are required to notify the Fulfillment Coordinator. Every item that is shipped out to a Stage customer is required to be labeled with the UPC barcode, the style name or number, and the color and size. All orders must be shipped out following the Stage shipping requirements that will be provided to you.

Stage Stores and CommerceHub EDI

Stage has partnered with the third party company CommerceHub to streamline the processes of getting products up and managing orders. CommerceHub/ProductStream is used by filling out templates with all of your product data and uploading the completed templates to ProductStream. Each product template should be filled out with as much information as possible, and images are to be provided here in the form of a URL. As a new user of ProductStream, you will be guided through the process.

Stage Packing Slip

In an effort to maintain a cohesive look and feel for their customers, Stage requires vendors to create branded packing slips. The required packing slips must be designed to the specifics laid out by Stage. You can find more information on these requirements by accessing the CommerceHub Resource Center and finding the packing slip guide. In this resource center, you will also be able to find any necessary information on the EDI connections.

Right On Tech Support

Once you have completed the setup process and have begun to receive orders, you will want to know how to make the most of this platform. At Right On Tech, we have created solutions for vendors just like you to help you stand apart from your competitors on this and other selling platforms. Contact Us for more information.

Note* As this article was written there was news about Gorman’s taking over Stage Stores. An update article will be posted whenever Gorman’s/Stage release more information. 

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