Gifts In Kind International Partners with Returns Online to Offer Product Donation Option for Customers

Gifts in Kind International
Tuesday, 17 April 2001

Alexandria, Va. and Seattle, Wash. April 17, 2001 Gifts In Kind International, the world's leading charity in product philanthropy, has teamed up with Returns Online, Inc. to offer Returns Online customers a customized solution for donating product returns.Returns Online's merchant customers will have the option of donating returned merchandise to Gifts In Kind International, providing a philanthropic outlet for these products as well as a tax benefit for the merchant.As part of this agreement, both organizations will promote the other's services to both current and future clients.

Gifts In Kind International partners with businesses and charities to provide quality products and services that improve lives in communities around the world. In 2000, Gifts In Kind International and its 300-plus affiliates worldwide distributed more than half a billion dollars in manufactured products. Since its initiation in 1983, Gifts In Kind International has distributed nearly $3 billion in product donations through its global network of more than 50,000 charities.

"Returns Online will be a great help in raising awareness of the business and societal benefits of product giving. Donation programs provide a common sense option that helps us get products to those who need them most," said Susan Corrigan, president and chief executive officer of Gifts In Kind International. "We are excited to partner with Returns Online and greatly appreciate their support."

Returns Online offers merchants the only start-to-finish returns management infrastructure. Through Returns Online's partners and systems, returned goods are sent to a National Returns CenterTM where employees scan, open, verify and assess the condition of returned merchandise. Based on the merchant's choice for disposition, the items are automatically sorted and routed to their final destination.

"We constantly look for additional ways to positively impact merchants' profitability without sacrificing our consumer-friendly returns process," says Shannon Hauser, chief executive officer of Returns Online."Our partnership with Gifts In Kind International gives our merchants a unique disposition option for returned merchandise.Charitable product donation to Gifts In Kind International provides merchants a substantial tax benefit while also allowing them the opportunity to give back to communities worldwide."

For more information, or to contact Gifts in Kind International, see their website at: www.giftsinkind.org

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