On December 5th, Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley celebrated the grand opening of their eCommerce facility on English Muffin Way for shopgoodwill.com. There are currently 78 individuals employed at the 116,000 SF facility, and by the end of the year, they plan to fill 20 more positions for a total of 98 employees. That is only at their eCommerce location. With over 400 employees in all of their Frederick County locations, Goodwill is one of Frederick County’s major employers.
"We are very proud to be celebrating and honoring Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley at the grand opening of their eCommerce center. They are truly an asset to our community as they provide hope, jobs and a great future for our citizens,” said Jodie Bollinger, Director of Business Retention and Expansion for OED. To date, the eCommerce facility has received 421,238lbs of donated goods, resulting in an average of 2,000 listings daily. There are currently 248,000 active listings on the site, and it is projected that shopgoodwill.com will have 930,000 active listings by 2020.
Per their website, “Goodwill is many things. We are a donor-driven agency. We are a retailer. We are a contract services operation and a major recycler of textiles. But most importantly, we are a leader in workforce development services.” Through their eCommerce facility, Goodwill ships about 400 packages each day. With the average price per item sold being $19.84, the nonprofit is able to provide one hour of job training for every two items sold.
Goodwill receives many of their donations through the Give Back Box program. Through this program, individuals are encouraged to reuse boxes from their purchases. They can use or print a prepaid shipping label to ship their unwanted items to Goodwill, giving the box and their unwanted items a second life. Goodwill has received 30,000 Give Back Boxes, and they have recycled 15,000 lbs. of cardboard to date.
Through the new eCommerce facility, Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley is able to market their products on a larger scale providing jobs and job training services for thousands of people in Frederick and Carroll Counties.