Compliance

Designer Brands Vendor Compliance Purpose Statement

At Designer Brands, we recognize the important role our vendors play in achieving our goal of being the destination for fabulous brands at a great value every single day. Maintaining strong partnerships with vendors helps us make sure that customers are happy and that expectations are met—for the success of our vendors as well as Designer Brands. 

For these reasons, we developed our Vendor Relations program along with a revised Domestic Footwear & Accessories Logistics Guide to outline the necessary policies and procedures. The success of the Vendor Relations program is based on the partnership of Designer Brands with its vendors to help design and implement the policies and procedures of the program. Please use the documents found on this site when fulfilling domestic footwear orders for Designer Brands.
Domestic Footwear & Accessories Logistics Guide

Statement of Purpose

The information contained in this section defines the overall purpose of Designer Brands' Vendor Compliance program.

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Purchase Order

The information contained in this section outlines PO instructions and requirements for DSW and the vendor.

This section includes:
  • General PO Instructions
  • Transmission of vendor style and color information
  • Transmission of UPC data
  • Procedures for receipt of vendor's approved PO
  • PO Types (Packing Methods)
  • PO Price Ticket Instructions

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Vendor Ticketing & Labeling

The information contained in this section outlines vendor ticketing and labeling requirements.

This section includes:
  • Footwear Vendor label specifications
  • Accessory Vendor label specifications
  • Ticketing instructions
  • Preapproved ticket providers

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Carton Packing

The information contained in this section outlines general carton packing requirments base on the PO Type code.

This section includes:
  • Requesting packing exemptions
  • Non-standard (Odd) carton packing requirements
  • Innercase and UPC tag placement of merchandise within a carton

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Carton Specifications

The information contained in this section outlines carton construction and design requirements.

This section includes:
  • Recommended corrugate specifications
  • Carton dimensional information
  • Closure methods
  • Labeling specification and placement requirements
  • Label examples

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Transportation Routing Requirements

The information contained in this section outlines transportation routing requirements.

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Drop Ship Vendor Requirements

The information contained in this section outlines the basic vendor requirements as well as additional terms and conditions.

This section includes:
  • Basic requirements
  • Customer service requirements
  • Shipping requirements
  • Information about the cancellation process as well as the invoicing process
  • Operational contacts
  • Additional terms and conditions

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Inbound Shipping

The information contained in this section outlines transportation shipping documentation.

This section includes:
  • General Bills of Lading (BOL) information and requirements
  • General packing list information and requirements

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Electronic Data Interchange

The information contained in this section outlines the electronic data interchange (EDI) requirements of Designer Brands.   VCDS, LLC. does not require the use of EDI at this time and is not included in the VCDS, LLC. Domestic Footwear Guide.

This section includes:
  • EDI system information and requirements
  • EDI transactions sets used by DSW
  • Contact information for system mapping documents

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Payment Process

The information contained in this section outlines vendor payment processing requirements.

This section includes:
  • General invoice information and requirements
  • Bill to address
  • Commercial invoice format
  • Contact information for additional payment questions

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Vendor Chargeback Policy

The information contained in this section outlines the vendor chargeback policy and procedures.

This section includes:
  • General chargeback policy information
  • Schedule of chargeback expense
  • Documentation process

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Contact List

The information contained in this section outlines vendor contact information.

This section includes:
  • Transportation
  • Import/Export
  • MIS/EDI
  • Vendor Compliance

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Glossary of Terms

The information contained in this section outlines the common terms and definitions used in the logistics guide.

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Private Brands

The information contained in this section outlines the Private Brand requirements as well as contacts for additional information.

This section includes: