Retail Compliance Solutions - 3E

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Retailers are increasingly challenged with meeting EHS regulatory compliance obligations and an intense consumer demand for safer, more environmentally-friendly products. Nearly every aspect of a retailer's business is impacted by EHS compliance, which requires knowledge and expertise that is far from a core skill set possessed by most of a retailer's workforce. From sourcing products, to distribution and logistics, to employees handling regulated products, to the proper disposal of hazardous waste, a long list of EHS compliance requirements must be considered. 3E has an extensive history of leadership in serving the needs of the retail market. Eight of the top ten U.S. retailers are long-time 3E customers. 


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Once a retailer agrees to sell a product containing regulated materials, they have a myriad of compliance requirements to meet. This is no easy task, given retailers’ chemical inventories can span hundreds, sometimes thousands, of locations. 3E has a long standing history of working with tens of thousands of global manufacturers and suppliers to collect and manage the information that retailers need. 3E can ensure you have the most comprehensive, validated compliance information for the products you sell, providing the most efficient method for:

  • Gathering critical information, such as material disclosures, substance declarations, compliance certificates, certificates of origin and more
  • Responding to incoming customer surveys and inquiries, and confirming compliance with specific criteria or regulations

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Supply Chain Compliance

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Ensure compliant shipments

In a highly regulated area such as transportation of dangerous goods, the risk of a negative impact on the supply chain caused by significant fines, delays, or re-routing is particularly relevant for many retailers. Some employees, such as part-time or seasonal associates, may not be aware that many of the products they transport are regulated. 3E can augment potential gaps in training by providing employees with guidance on issues such as:

  • Determining packaging hazardous and non-hazardous products together
  • Identifying markings, labels and documents that must accompany the shipment
  • Who to call if a spill or release occurs

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Transportation Services | Emergency Response

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Identify proper storage, handling and disposal procedures

Proper classification of products stored in distribution centers, and eventually on store shelves, is essential for avoiding potential disasters should an incident occur, such as a fire or large scale spill. And even small scale spills, such as a dropped gallon of bleach in the store aisle, require someone to know what to do to properly clean it up. And while most people don't think of retailers as big waste generators, several have made the headlines as a result of improper disposal practices. 3E can provide detailed guidance in several situations, including:

  • Managing hazardous material storage requirements to ensure fire code obligations are met
  • Providing employees and patrons a phone number to call if a spill or release occurs on site at a store, or during transport between distribution center and store
  • Providing store employees and patrons with un-barriered access to SDSs
  • Ensuring store employees have proper disposal information and support for identifying and classifying hazardous waste
  • Managing multiple waste haulers and associated pickup's and disposals at designated TSDFs (treatment, storage and disposal facilities)

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Storage Support | Emergency Response | SDS Management

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Streamline the creation and management of regulatory disclosures, permits and reports

How can a retailer with hundreds or thousands of stores across the country effectively keep up with the dozens of municipality, state and federal reporting requirements? Managing and tracking the completion and submission of the requirements for every store in each city requires a lot of research. 3E's team of regulatory specialists annually complete and submit thousands of disclosures and permits, maintain active relationships with thousands of regulatory agencies and jurisdictional authorities, and track tens of thousands of individual compliance reporting tasks, such as:

  • Disclosures associated with emergency planning and community right-to-know requirements related to the storage and handling of hazardous materials
  • Permits specifically relating to the storage, handling or use of hazardous materials
  • Disclosures and permits related to the generation of hazardous waste
  • Reports to the US Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Canadian National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI)

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Regulatory Disclosures, Permits & Reports

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Ensure compliance for private label brand products

When it’s your brand, product safety and compliance are your responsibility. Relying too heavily on the manufacturer or supplier for critical compliance elements—like SDS and product label content, chemical notification and registration and marketability checks—is risky. 3E can help. 

We have the retail and distribution expertise, market- and jurisdiction-specific regulatory intelligence and solutions you need to ensure safety, compliance and marketability for your private brand products, including:

  • Market-specific product and substance compliance checks to ensure products can be shipped and sold in intended markets
  • SDS and product label content authoring and update services to ensure product compliance in 116 countries and 48 languages
  • Services and solutions for notification, registration and recurrent reporting for chemical products and substances to relevant authorities worldwide
  • A single source for regulatory, commodity and industry news plus expert analysis to help you analyze and plan for regulatory changes

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Private Label Brand Compliance Brochure