Seattle, WA, March 17, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- GreaterGood Network has acquired a new retail and wholesale fulfillment center in Allendale, Michigan. Located at the site of the former Nicholas Plastics (11700 48th Ave, Allendale, MI), the Fulfillment Center will be in full operation by June 2010.
The GreaterGood Network of websites gives visitors a unique opportunity to “support the cause” at such sites as The Animal Rescue Site (www.theanimalrescuesite.com), The Breast Cancer Site (www.thebreastcancersite.com), The Child Health Site (www.thechildhealthsite.com), The Hunger Site (www.thehungersite.com), The Literacy Site (www.theliteracysite.com), and The Rainforest Site (www.therainforestsite.com). In addition, at each site’s store up to 30% of the purchase price is donated to the site’s charity partners. At the GreaterGood Network’s current warehouse in Kent, WA, approximately 2,000 to 5,000 packages are shipped every day to retail customers.
The new Fulfillment Center in Allendale will be managed by longtime GreaterGood employee Mike Aultman. Approximately five other GreaterGood staff members plan to relocate from Washington to Michigan, and the rest of the Fulfillment Center staff will be hired locally. CharityUSA.com, which owns and operates the GreaterGood Network, selected this location after extensive scouting throughout the Northwest and Midwest. Sale of the Allendale property was brokered by Pete Colvin of Sperry Van Ness Silveri Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
“We are very pleased with both the facility and the community surrounding it,” said CharityUSA.com president Greg Hesterberg. “The Michigan location will allow us to reduce our shipping time to our customers, both retail and wholesale. The property also provides much-needed space to expand our operations. The area has many attractive qualities for our employees and their families: good schools, reasonable cost-of-living, and other amenities.”
In February 2010, GreaterGood acquired the World of Good’s wholesale division featuring fair trade artisan products sold through such retailers as Whole Foods, Hallmark, Disney, and others. Along with the company’s Global Girlfriend brand, which features products made by women’s cooperatives, GreaterGood Wholesale offers an easy and convenient way for retailers to carry a line of ethically-sourced handcrafted accessories, gifts, and apparel from around the globe. Expansion of the wholesale business is expected throughout 2010.
The GreaterGood Network was started by former college friends with Michigan roots who were interested in building an Internet business which would raise money for charity. Tim Kunin, CEO CharityUSA.com, and Hesterberg met at the University of Michigan while working on the "Bottle Bill" ballot campaign of 1976. There have been GreaterGood Network employees based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, since 1999, but the new fulfillment operation in Allendale will greatly increase the number of GreaterGood employees in the state.
The GreaterGood Network began with The Hunger Site, the world’s oldest “Click to Give” website. Visitors to The Hunger Site can click on the yellow button to make a free donation to ending world hunger: site advertisers pay for the donations and 100% of the sponsors’ donations are given to charity.
The GreaterGood Network is devoted to addressing the health and well-being of people (particularly women and children), animals, and the planet.
During 2009, GreaterGood.org donated over $3 million to more than 50 charities worldwide. In the first quarter of 2010, contributions included more than $500,000 for nonprofits operating in Haiti following the earthquake.
The GreaterGood Network of websites is owned and operated by CharityUSA.com, headquartered in Seattle, WA.