New wholesale platform will make PPE readily available to all organizations in need
Asheville, NC – May 20, 2020 – Supply Connector partners with outdoor industry wholesale site College Outside to create The GoodsConnector in an effort to help equip outdoor communities who are beginning to reopen. The complimentary e-commerce platform gives manufacturers additional opportunities to sell their PPE and cleaning goods to all organizations in need of smaller volume purchasing options to keep employees and customers safe. Both platforms are part of a partnership of “Connector” sites that the team intends to continue growing to meet current demands and challenges faced by outdoor industry retailers, communities, and manufacturers.
The GoodsConnector team urges businesses who will need to purchase PPE to pre-register now on the site, which can be found HERE, to be ready for when the site opens in early June and to receive first-in-line access to PPE products that are currently available. Working with Supply Connector, manufacturers who are producing PPE and other necessary COVID-19 cleaning goods will be connected to the GoodsConnector and can register their finished products to be sold on the site HERE.
The GoodsConnector, a wholesale B2B e-commerce platform, will make it easy to shop for and purchase PPE, and will help manufacturers manage sales via drop ship in varying quantities. This partnership allows public-facing businesses to pre-register now to purchase the supplies they need to return to business safely. Manufacturers are currently being vetted and set up in the system. The platform also allows manufacturers to continue connecting with buyers and aiding public-facing businesses as they prepare to reopen.
“Through pre-registrations, we will be able to provide more accurate demand-forecasts to manufacturers who are shouldering the risk and strain of manufacturing PPE products for their communities,” states Sarah Lockwood of The GoodsConnector and Founder and CEO of College Outside. “You should pre-register if you are a business, non-profit, or organization that may need to purchase protective equipment for your staff and customers in the coming months.”
About Supply Connector
Supply Connector is a platform built to link manufacturers, material suppliers, and essential providers with the vital information and connections they need during the COVID-19 crisis, and to bolster continued collaboration, sharing of domestic resources, and the health of U.S. manufacturing in the wake of the crisis. The Supply Connector website is a volunteer collaboration to date between Status Forward, Good Talk, and the Outdoor Industry Office for NC, with support from the Growing Outdoors Partnership, North Carolina Outdoor Recreation Coalition, and the Outdoor Gear Builders. Contact: Laurel Scherer, firstname.lastname@example.org
About The GoodsConnector
The GoodsConnector is a B2B wholesale e-commerce platform to aid in the purchasing of lower volume protective equipment for businesses and organizations needing to re-open. As a wholesale vendor for over 400 universities and 60+ outdoor industry manufacturers around the country, the founders of College Outside partnered with Supply Connector to help create the platform to meet the needs of our reopening economy, while also providing an additional avenue for US manufacturers to sell their finished goods. Contact: Sarah Lockwood, email@example.com
About the NC Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry
North Carolina’s Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry works to grow and support the outdoor recreation economy at the state level through collaboration with existing outdoor businesses, local governments, and communities who rely on a richly diverse outdoor recreation landscape. The office advocates for conservation and stewardship, education and workforce training, economic development, and public health and wellness, to ensure the state’s strategic growth as a place where outdoor businesses and recreation communities can thrive. The North Carolina Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry is a division of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC).