How Ecommerce Brands Are Helping Fight COVID-19 (Coronavirus) + Resources for Those in Need

With COVID-19 (Coronavirus) evolving at such a rapid pace, the ShipBob team wants to help those in need. We aim to educate the impacted communities with offers from ecommerce brands and other companies that are available to them during this trying time.  

We’ve aggregated offers below from those close to us, but we also ask you and your network for submissions about others you know of. We will continue to highlight free resources for those who are helping in the front lines — healthcare providers, fulfillment center associates, grocery store workers, and any others across the supply chain who are working hard for the greater good. 

Note: If you’re looking for ShipBob’s COVID-19 status, please find our updates here

We will continuously add to this article as we get more submissions. 

 

 

Table of contents

Use these core sections to find resources available to each specified group:

For healthcare professionals

Here’s what some brands are doing specifically for healthcare workers.

Free snacks: Verb Energy Bars

Verb Energy is offering to send a free bag of their caffeinated energy bars to anyone in healthcare working long hours in the hospital right now.

In only a few days, Verb Energy has already donated more than 30,000 bars to healthcare workers on the front lines around the country. ShipBob is donating $1 for every Verb Energy order.

If you’d like to help out, you can text the Verb line at 415-915-8372 to order Donation Pouches at the standard Flex price, and they’ll make sure they get to the people working tirelessly to help those in need.

They have received an unbelievable number of stories from brave nurses, doctors, and others. Here are a few:

Free meals: Sweetgreen

Sweetgreen is offering free meals to healthcare workers and first responders in the coming days. They will deliver free, fresh salads and bowls to hospitals in the cities they serve: DC Area, Philadelphia, Boston, NYC, SF, LA, Chicago, and Houston. Submit your hospital here.

Free scrubs: Figs

Figs has committed to donating 30,000 scrubs to US hospitals over the next two months, while also coordinating donations for meal services, childcare, and care packages for workers on the front lines.

Free shoes: Allbirds & Crocs

Allbirds is helping the US healthcare community by donating a pair of Tuke Matcha Wool Runners as a small token of their appreciation for being on the front lines and helping to keep our communities healthy. Email together@allbirds.com for a pair of Wool Runners while supplies last.

Cros also announced a program to donate 10,000 pairs of their waterproof, easily washable shoes a day to healthcare workers fighting against the novel coronavirus. They are delivering some directly to hospitals, but healthcare workers can sign up for the free shoes by going to Crocs.com/freeforhealthcare as long as supplies last.

Free personal care products: Hiki

Arfa, a DTC brand set to launch last week, launched in the middle of COVID-19 pandemic. But instead of selling products, the company gave away their products to hospital and medical facility workers for free (they can get any two Hiki items for free as long as they pay $2.50 to cover part of credit card processing, packing, and shipping costs). Read more here.

Free mattresses for hospital beds: Serta Simmons Bedding

Serta Simmons Bedding committed to donating 10,000 mattresses to New York City hospitals and temporary medical facilities fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in need of hospital beds.

Free hand sanitizer and medical supplies: many retailers’ factories

Countless alcohol, beer, and spirit producers are using their facilities to create hand sanitizers that they are distributing to those in need.  Many large brands are also using their factories to make hand sanitizer since they already have bottles and ingredients.

LVMH

LVMH will use its perfume and cosmetics factories (normally used for Christian Dior, Givenchy, and other luxury brands) to manufacture free hand sanitizer (hydroalcoholic gel) for French health authorities.

L’Oréal

As the world’s largest beauty company, L’Oréal is producing hand sanitizer at its factories and plans to donate 1 million euros to associations helping the disadvantaged.

Zara

As the world’s largest fashion apparel retailer, Zara will donate masks to Spanish healthcare workers and patients. They have already donated 10,000 protective face masks and will be able to ship another 300,000 surgical masks by the end of the week.

Christian Siriano

Fashion designer Christian Siriano is offering to make free face masks for medical service workers amidst the coronavirus outbreak relief efforts in New York.

H&M

H&M, the world’s second largest fashion retailer, said it would use its supply network to source personal protective equipment for hospitals in the European Union to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Protective masks are the main priority, but gowns and gloves are also being produced to help meet needs.

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO)

The NCTO announced a coalition of iconic American apparel brands and textile companies have come together to fast-track the manufacturing of medical face masks to help hospitals, health care workers, and patients battling the spread of the COVID-19 disease. Parkdale Inc. – the largest yarn spinner in the US —helped lead the effort to build the coalition with Hanesbrands, Fruit of the Loom and six other companies. While these are competitors in the marketplace, they are expected to produce up to 10 million face masks per week once ramped up.

Lowe’s

Lowe’s is donating $10 million for essential protective products for medical professionals on the frontlines of the fight against the coronavirus.

Gap

Gap will use its factory resources to make personal protective equipment including face masks, gowns, and scrubs for healthcare workers on the front lines.

Canada Goose

Canada Goose will reopen two of its manufacturing facilities and begin producing medical scrubs and patient gowns to help in the fight against COVID-19. The initial goal is to produce 10,000 units and will be donated to local Canadian hospitals at no cost.

Chanel

Despite closing production sites in France, Italy and Switzerland due to coronavirus, Chanel said they would start manufacturing surgical masks upon approval of prototypes.

Reformation

The City of L.A. and Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the launch of L.A. Protects, a partnership with Reformation to produce non-medical masks using its sewing factories and fabrics. Reformation is also recruiting other L.A. garment and apparel manufacturers to supply materials and support manufacturing protective equipment at scale.

Profits donated to relief efforts

Igloo

Igloo is donating 100% of profits from their Playmate coolers to the CDC Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund until April 20.

Beauty and wellness brands

A wide range of beauty and wellness brands are donating a percentage of their business or of certain products to COVID-19 relief efforts, including Cora, Haus Labs, Billie, Skims, and more.

For small ecommerce brands

At this time, many consumers are looking to shop from independent brands. Here are some new ways to know where to be discovered.

New sales channel: Privy’s marketplace ‘ShopSmallEcomm.com’

Our partner Privy has created the world’s first marketplace for small ecommerce brands that will launch soon. The reason is they know most people want to support small ecommerce brands instead of a giant corporation, but don’t know where to find them. Submit your store here.

3 months free: BigCommerce

Our partner BigCommerce announced they are offering 3 months free on all plans for new merchants, 0% transaction fees forever, and other advanced tools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For local businesses

There are countless measures to support local businesses that are closed at this time — from donations to purchasing gift cards.

Gift cards for local restaurants

Many sites are popping up to support local restaurants and spots. Here are a few:

Give Local

Justin Mares, who has founded several large direct-to-consumer brands built Give Local, a site dedicated to helping support local businesses at this difficult time. “Many local restaurants need cash to operate, and can’t stay in business 1-2 months with an 80% drop in customers.” You can buy a gift card now, help your favorite restaurants make it through the next few months, and have a delicious meal later.

Help Main Street

This new hub for purchasing local restaurant and small business gift cards is offering a simple way for people to skim through listings, purchase gift cards to contribute cash to local spots, and then redeem the card whenever things return to normal. Learn more or submit a local business at HelpMainStreet.com.

Kabbage Payments

Kabbage Payments is helping retailers create and sell gift certificates, which range in value from $15 to $500, to be redeemed at any time. Small businesses will receive the revenue within one business day of purchase. Learn more or sign your business up at Kabbage.com.

NYC-based DTC brands

Want to support NYC DTC brands? COVID-19 has threatened the future for many of these businesses, so Air made a beautiful map to illustrate the true creative energy of the city and encourage shopping local brands online. View the map and list here.

For entrepreneurs

There are many funds and loans aimed to help entrepreneurs in this trying time.

Funds for creators: ConvertKit’s Creator Fund

As a mission-driven company made up of creators in a position to provide financial support, ConvertKit started a $50,000 fund — which has since raised $154,000 and is called The Creator Fund — to support creators in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. They’ll be providing financial assistance to creators who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 until the fund runs out. Creators can apply here.

For small businesses: various loans

For ShipBob employees

We’ve created the ShipBob Giving Fund, which has already raised $50,000, to support ShipBob fulfillment center associates in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our associates are working to provide the fulfillment of essential goods for millions of people across the United States and around the world. Donate to the fund or apply here.

For anyone else in need

Everyday people are feeling the burden of this unprecedented pandemic. Here are a few more ways companies are helping.

Lyft

Lyft is offering delivery of critical medical supplies to anyone in need at this time, including the elderly and those with chronic diseases. In the San Francisco Bay Area they are delivering meals to seniors as well as low income students who ordinarily get subsidized lunches through school. They are hoping to expand to other areas soon.

Lyft has also expanded existing medical transportation services for anyone that needs to get to critical healthcare appointments and treatments, while dealing with the extra strain put on the healthcare system by the coronavirus pandemic.

Addition resources

Know of more? Let us know!

While we fulfill orders for thousands of direct-to-consumer ecommerce brands, we’re looking for any examples of brands helping support worthy causes and offer relief even outside of our customer community. If you know of any special offers for impacted communities, please submit your examples below.

 

 

We will continue to update this article with any new submissions we get, so we can have the most up-to-date list available for those in need.

Please share with those in need as well as those who know of more examples that we can highlight to support as many people as possible.