E-Commerce Supports Haitian Relief Efforts
Affiliate.com is running a great contest with these awesome t-shirts they gave away at Affiliate Summit recently. I wasn’t lucky enough to attend (being busy with the Email Summit in Miami in January and about to head off to the Miva Merchant conference tomorrow), but Tom Wozniak at Affiliate.com was nice enough to send me one in the mail (along with anyone else who emailed and asked). And the person with the most creative blog posts wins the contest – the prize being $1000 in case, and a $1000 cash donation in that person’s name to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund. It’s a win-win…at worst I get a great t-shirt, and at best I get cash and Haiti gets $1000 no matter what!
This got me to thinking about all the things online retailers have been doing to show their support for relief efforts following the tragic earthquake in Haiti on January 12. One of the first ones I noticed was when my favorite members-only sites, Rue La La, closed its boutiques for almost 24 hours. In a quote from their facebook page:
Rue La La joins the rest of the world in grieving the tremendous losses to the people of Haiti. Out of respect for those who have lost loved ones, their shelter, and life’s basic necessities in this tragedy, we cannot stand by while relief efforts are underway without taking action. We are halting our Boutiques from now until Saturday at 8AM ET. We ask that instead you take this time – as we are – to make a donation to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development Effort.
Then, this weekend, as I was on a mad hunt for children’s soccer cleats for my daughter (which they apparently do not carry anywhere in the entire county), I discovered fairly prominent “Donate to Haiti” graphics near the top of all pages on both Foot Locker’s and Champs Sport’s websites.
When you click on the links, the following page describes how the company (Champs is owned by Footlocker Inc.) has made a cash and footwear/apparel donation to Haiti and how you can too. There’s even an easy way to send a text message that will make a $10 donation that simply gets charged on your next cell phone bill.
Melissa Joy Manning is another site I came across last week for a different post. She is donating 10% of all first quarter proceeds to benefit Haiti through the Red Cross. I like the fact that this company’s donations are long-lived…it didn’t just last a week or two, but an entire three months.
Are you a retailer supporting Haiti? Or a shopper whose favorite store is making in-kind donations or other efforts? Let us know about it by leaving a comment.