Shipping / Online Sales for Non Profit?
Thanks for preparing your summary of 3PL services for small companies Krista, I’ve been doing my own research as my summer community is exploring the idea of adding online merchandise sales, and your article was by far the best I found. Question for you — in your research did you discover any companies / requirements that are unique to small non profits? I’m meeting with several of the companies from your list and am looking to understand if there might be additional considerations I should be thinking about. Thank you, Grant.
I’m glad the information was helpful and I hope you find a good fulfillment partner from our recommendations. When it comes to fulfillment, the process is usually the same for a for-profit as a non-profit. It’s a collection of hard costs (storage, boxes & packing, staff time and shipping) and you probably won’t find many fulfillment companies that can discount very much due to your NP status. I say probably because it never hurts to ask, I definitely would!
Where you can get some price breaks is on your credit card and online payment processing fees. PayPal offers a discount NP rate, so if you haven’t set up your online payment processing and donations, check out PayPal’s non-profit fees.
Good luck and please let me know if you have any questions!