A few weeks ago as the stay at home orders were setting in we had a discussion internally about what new problem existed that we were uniquely capable of solving. From that discussion, EssentialGoods.org was born.
As mentioned on several earlier posts I believe there has never been a time in our lives where the rate of problem creation has been greater and if you are able to solve a problem it is needed!
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To better understand EssentialGoods.org here is a video I did with Conor the developer…
What is EssentialGoods?
EssentialGoods.org provides an SMS text alert when a product you want that was out of stock comes back in stock.
- First, if you go to Amazon to purchase some essentials (education book for your kids, bread making yeast and hair dye) – then realize they are all currently out of stock
- You can enter a re-stock alert email from Amazon but it will be delayed
- Signup at EssentialGoods.org and either select from a pre-screened list of common essentials like masks and sanitzer or add your custom essential product
- Receive a text message as soon as the product comes back in stock to be able to purchase quickly
Initially, it does this for Amazon but will be adding additional online stores in the coming week(s).
Who is this for?
It is for anyone who is looking to purchase products on Amazon that are currently out of stock.
From common essentials like masks and hand sanitizer to less common dietary favorites.
We have seen people using it for trending products like airpods and nintendo switch.
We decided to make it free during COVID-19 impact for those most at risk including frontline medical professionals and a free trial for everyone else.
Who Built It & Why?
Conor the lead developer at adbank.network identified the opportunity and quickly built it. The team at ContentRefined.com helped with the research into products and the buyer guides.
The marketing coordination was handled by the adbank marketing team and specifically Catherine.
The entire team felt there was a need that if we could help address one small problem around the stress of finding out when a product was back in stock it would be a worthwhile activity.
How Does it Give Back?
It was important for us to ensure that we were giving back in a meaningful way. For that reason we are doing several things with our inventory restock alert app.
- Free for frontline medical workers
- Free for senior citizens
- Free trial for everyone
- 5% of any profits to our local hospital foundation – https://cgmhf.com/
When and How Often Does Amazon Restock Items?
The Amazon machine is constantly running unloading shipments and restocking. In addition products can be out of stock on Amazon while shipments are moving between warehouses. So products can come back into stock at any time.
If it is an essential product sign up for an alert service like essentialgoods.org or if you are prime member and it isn’t critical then Amazon has a free inventory restock alert email.
Can this Be Used for Popular Products?
When will Amamzon restock nintendo switch or Amazon airpods? As mentioned above this can happen at any time.
Yes, despite essentialgoods being built for products related to COVID-19 it is being used by people to receive alerts for popular consumer products that are out of stock and sell out quickly when they are restocked, such as Nintendo Switch.