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Affiliate Partnerships, Dropshipping, what else to consider for in-kind donations mgmt platform?

We offer charitable organizations a way to collect in-kind (goods) donations by providing them with "Donate Gifts" button and ability to link it to their wishlist(s). Supporters purchase items from the list on our site (gooddler.com) and items get delivered directly to a charity. At first, we were considering affiliate partnership programs, but found that we really need to have a control over shipping of the purchased items (by specific date, when a list is completed, etc.) Now, we are looking into dropshipping. What are the other options you can suggest we look into?

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John Pettitt
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John Pettitt Advisor
Visionary multi platform engineering executive and technology entrepreneur
Have you looked at Amazon fulfilment? I don't know what the economics look like, but there are few companies better at physical good logistics. There is a calculator at the bottom of the page that will let you price out shipping different items. http://services.amazon.com/fulfillment-by-amazon/benefits.htm?ld=NSGoogleAS
Galina Fedorova
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Galina Fedorova Entrepreneur
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John, trying to understand, how would it work if we don't have our own products to sell? We just consolidate needed products that are sold by multiple retailers on our platform, similar to gift registry. Amazon Fulfillment is a great service, very convenient. i thought though it is for those who sell their own products. Is it?
Anthony Miller
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Anthony Miller Advisor
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What a fantastic startup you have there! I worked for a social tech startup in a similar space called GiveGab. They manage volunteering and fundraising for nonprofits and corporate responsibility programs.

I'm currently working with another company that has just used local drivers in selected areas to get goods to people. Is that a route you've thought of?
Galina Fedorova
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Galina Fedorova Entrepreneur
Co-Founder at GOODDLER
Anthony, thank you so much for your comment! No, at this point we just have retailers deliver purchased goods directly to charities. But we want to be able to control how it's done.
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