Smooth compliance with retailer requirements helps your products find a home

The primary goal of every brand is to get its products into consumers’ hands. One very reliable route continues to be distribution through major retailers, such as Walmart, Costco, Lowe’s, Target, CVS, Walgreen’s, Auto Zone, Pep Boys, and Home Depot. However, even in the biggest of the Big Box stores, , Retailers must vet the supply chain of new products, before agreeing to offer them for sale. A big part of the vetting process is a supplier or factory audit. At this critical juncture, as with every step of the process, Genimex stands with our clients. We provide the assistance you need to pass a retailer’s audit, so you can realize your goals for your products and your company. This is best addressed during the factory selection process with a careful vetting program.

After selection, most suppliers have areas that still require improvement. Those problem areas are best addressed before official audits take place. The Genimex team takes a very active role in this audit preparation work, reducing the risk of failed audits, and helping our suppliers continually improve their operating environments.


Different types of audits in the retail trade

Retailers demand audits of factories and suppliers to ensure consistent quality of consumer goods and to avoid any scandal associated with unethical business practices. Genimex has worked with these types of audits a retailer might require and they include: Social compliance audits — This type of factory audit assesses whether a supplier’s working conditions comply with international labor standards. Unethical labor practices exploit workers and put their health and safety in jeopardy.

Retailers insist on either of the following:


This audit is based on conventions of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and International Labor Organization (ILO). SA8000 audits assess nine major areas of the supplier’s working conditions, such as use of child labor, disciplinary practices, working hours and compensation.


This audit was developed by the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex), a non-profit membership organization focused on improving ethical business practices in global supply chains. The Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) examines various elements, such as labor standards, health and safety, and business ethics.

Quality systemaudit

This audit helps retailers understand a supplier’s capabilities and quality controls so they can be confident in the consistent quality of the product. Different audits correspond to different industries, but the ISO 9001 is most used for facilities producing consumer products. ISO refers to the International Organization for Standardization, an independent, non-governmental organization dedicated to improving the world through enhanced business standards. ISO 9001 evaluates items such as facilities, maintenance, quality controls, and the range of capabilities.

Good manufacturingpractices audit

The GMP is a quality audit to assess the safety and efficacy of certain manufactured products: food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and biologics, veterinary products, medical devices, and cosmetics. Various governments make GMP compliance mandatory for products imported into their country.


As consumers become more and more concerned with the impact their purchases have on the environment, retailers must respond. The most common audit requested