Our successful Retail Compliance program forms a partnership between GRS and retail store chains which allows us to work direclty with suppliers to ensure product compliancy and virtually eliminate in-store violations and fines. Retailers can end violations by giving GRS us a call to establish a partnership now!

  • What is Retail Compliance…

    Retail Compliance is a program designed by GRS  to help retailers alleviate the issues of violations in their stores due to lack of registration, expired registration or incorrect registration on the supplier end. The service was invented when a major retailer approached GRS with the ongoing problem of store violations and asked for our help. We’ve been offering the program since 2011 and have been extremely successful in drastically reducing the violations nationwide (almost to 0) for major retailers by inspecting the license status of their suppliers.

    Your participation eligibility…

    If you sell to a partnered GRS’ Retail Compliance store, you’re required to sign up with GRS in order for GRS to act as the ‘certifier’ that your licenses are on hand and current. We provide a status for each of your URNs and licenses you enroll with GRS and report their status to the retailer on a regular basis.

    How to participate…

    Your first step to participate is to subscribe to one on our 3 Monitored Services. These 3 services were designed to assist any company with ongoing support of managing licenses - whether they are a registration client of GRS or not. Each of the 3 Monitored Services offers a different level of support to our clients based on their needs.

    The 3 Monitored Services…

    • GlobalTrak - use our online interface to conveniently organize and store your licenses for your own management.
    • License Management - turn over your licenses for GRS to manage with the states on a yearly basis.
    • Guaranteed Compliance - also allows GRS to take over your license managing but with additional piece of mind and a single yearly payment of state renewal fees.

    You can read more about and compare these services here.

    Simple enrollment process…

    When your company enrolls in one of these 3 GRS services you are required to upload the complete set of licenses for a URN into our database. For Retail Compliance, only URNs of factories that manufacture products sold to that particuler retailer are requried to be enrolled for Certification purposes, however you may choose to enroll additional URNs if you would like GRS to manage those licenses for your company also (it is typical for Importers, Distributors and Wholesalers to be working with multiple factories). It’s a very simple process. 

    Any retailers who are partnered with GRS’ Retailer Compliance Program are listed on the website and can be found after you logon to your account page. If you sell to one of the retailers listed, you must select that retailer and enter your vendor ID for that customer. Once your URNs are enrolled and the retailer vendor ID is entered, the detail page of each enrolled URNs will display that retailer’s name with a selection button. Click the button to add that URN to that retailer’s database registry.

    How URNs are monitored for compliancy…

    Whenever a license is uploaded or its data (license number, effective date and expiration date) is entered or changed, a request goes into the GRS queue for a Compliance Specialist to review and accept the license as being valid. Having a complete set of valid licenses makes that URN ‘Certified’. Certified licenses means no violations and fines for the supplier and the retailer. This is the objective of the program. If a license is deemed to be invalid you will be notified and must provide a valid copy for acceptance.

    Once your URNs are in a retailer’s database registry, that retailer has access to all suppliers and URNs in our database. Our system shows the retailer which URNs are Certified, which are Non-Compliant and which have not completed the process of uploading all the required licenses yet. Reports will be sent to the retailers on a periodic basis at their discretion.

    If the retailer chooses our Test Lab feature, verifying your URNs status through our database will become a part of that retailer’s testing protocol. Having a Non-Compliant URN would mean failed testing.

    Cost…

    In addition to the yearly cost of the Monitored Services, when you required to participate in Retailer Compliance for a particular store, the cost is $315.00 to enter a Vendor ID for that store. The fee is yearly as long as your company is a supplier of of that retailer or for as long as the Retailer Compliancy partnership between the retailer and GRS is effective.

    If you manage your own licenses in-house or through another third party…

    The entry level Monitored Service is GlobalTrak and does not require you to turn over your licenses to GRS for management like License Management and Guaranteed Compliance do. If you are managing your licenses and renewals internally or using a third party handle them, you may continue to do so. You would only need to provide GRS with a copy of the licenses and upload new ones as they are issued.

    To get started…

    Create a free account or log in to get started. Then…

    1. Enroll your relevant URNs in any of the Monitored Services
    2. Add your Vendor ID for your customer store in the Retailer Compliance menu.
    3. Match URN with Vendor ID in the convenient Retailer/URN Assignment table.

    If at any time you need assistance, please don't hesitate to contact one of our Specialists at (00 int'l)(1-312) 405-9467.

  • What is Retail Compliance…

    Retail Compliance is a program designed by GRS  to help retailers alleviate the issues of violations in their stores due to lack of registration, expired registration or incorrect registration on the supplier end. The service was invented when a major retailer approached GRS with the ongoing problem of store violations and asked for our help. GRS launched the program in 2010 and has been extremely successful in drastically reducing the violations nationwide (almost to 0) for major retailers by inspecting the license status of their suppliers and ensuring they become and remain fully licensed and compliant.

    Type of Suppliers this program for…

    This program involves companies that manufacture stuffed bedding & furniture products that require a (Do Not Remove Under Penalty of Law) law label. In many cases your supplier may not be the manufacturer, but rather a sourcing agent, importer, distributor or wholesaler of the products that are manufactured by a factory, or factories, somewhere in the world. These non-manufacturing suppliers would be required to provide the licenses from the factories making the products sold in your stores for upload and certification in the GRS Retailer Compliance database. So the objective is that for all the stuffed articles that require a law label sold in your stores, the licenses for each of the manufacturer of those products - whether your supplier is the manufacturer or a non-manufacturer - would be listed in the GRS database for Certification.

    How a Supplier participates…

    The first step for your Supplier to participate is to subscribe to one on our 3 Monitored Services. These 3 services were designed to assist companies with ongoing support of managing licenses. Companies can subscribe to any of these services whether they are a registration client of GRS or not. It’s open to all companies that need assistance with managing licenses on a yearly basis. Each of the 3 Monitored Services offers a different level of support to our clients based on their needs.

    The 3 Monitored Services…

    • GlobalTrak - use our online interface to conveniently organize and store your licenses for your own management.
    • License Management - turn over your licenses for GRS to manage with the states on a yearly basis.
    • Guaranteed Compliance - also allows GRS to take over your license managing but with additional piece of mind and a single yearly payment of state renewal fees.

    You can read more about and compare these services here.

    Simple enrollment process…

    It’s a very simple process. When a company participates in one of these services they are required to upload the complete set of licenses for a URN into our database. Our system will inform the supplier which states require licenses based on the products they are required to select that are sold in your stores. Any retailers who are partnered with GRS’ Retailer Compliance Program are listed on the website and can be found when the supplier logs-on to their account page. The supplier selects your store name and enters their vendor ID. Once their vendor ID is entered, on the detail page of each of their listed URNs, your store’s name will display with a button. If the products made by the URN are sold in your store, they simply select the button to add that URN to your store’s database registry.

    How URNs monitored for compliancy…

    Whenever a license is uploaded or its data (license number, effective date and expiration date) is entered or changed, a request goes into the GRS queue for a Compliance Specialist to review and accept the license as being valid. Having a complete set of valid licenses makes that URN ‘Certified’. Certified licenses means no violations and fines in your stores, this is the objective! If a license is deemed to be invalid the supplier will be notified and must provide a valid copy for acceptance.

    With the suppliers’ URNs enrolled in your store’s database registry on our site, you have access to all the data. Our system shows you which URNs are Certified, which are Non-Compliant and which have not yet completed the process of uploading all the required licenses.

    If you choose our Test Lab feature, verifying Supplier URN status through our database will become part of your testing protocol. Having a Non-Compliant URN could, at your discretion, result in failed testing.

    Cost…

    In addition to the yearly cost of the Monitored Services, when a supplier is required to participate in Retailer Compliance for a particular store, the cost is $315.00 to enter a Vendor ID for that store. The fee is yearly as long as the company is a supplier of your store or for as long as the Retailer Compliancy partnership between your store and GRS is effective. 

    Stop violations now…

    To initiate a Retailer Compliance partnership with GRS contact us!