Why It Should be Global Climate Change Week Every Week

As the hurricane-generated debris continues to settle and the California wildfires continue to roar, we are left with pits in our stomach upon reading headlines: ‘deadliest’, ‘most destructive’, ‘most powerful’. These are a few of the definitive words and phrases that are used to describe the effects of climate change. Our global climate is changing and[…]

Red Tape Redress: What The Response in Puerto Rico Reveals About Aid Procurement

by Stephanie Cox, The Level Market “We are dying. And you are killing us with the inefficiency.” This was the heartbreaking truth leveled at the US (and the world) by the Mayor of San Juan 10 days after Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico. As those working in procurement of relief supplies, we[…]

How Peace Fights Poverty

With record numbers of displaced people and man-made and natural disasters already putting strain on the international community, 2017 has been chaotic, violent, and unpredictable.  As we head towards 2018, inching closer to our 2030 milestones, it’s important to remember peace. This unassuming noun seems to become more and more fleeting as nations around the[…]

World Humanitarian Day 2017

World Humanitarian Day – Civilians are #NotATarget On August 19, we celebrated United Nations World Humanitarian Day – an event that resonates with the core of what we do at The Level Market and why. Each year thousands of civilians – including hundreds of humanitarian aid workers – are assaulted, injured, kidnapped or killed in[…]

The Level Market Testitmonies

Sourcing Aid Supplies: 7 Featured Case Studies from The Level Market

The Level Market has helped a wide variety of customers around the globe source supplies for their humanitarian programs. The following case studies illustrate just some of what The Level Market is capable of. Discover what companies like yours have to say about finding success with TLM!  Lighting up emergency shelters While building its signature[…]

Sustainability from the Sun

Pulling out of the Paris Climate agreement, rising sea levels, a growing scarcity of natural resources. Social enterprises and humanitarians alike: How are you going to help quell this looming fear of irreparable environmental degradation? Providing aid and promoting development is a great start, but in this era of humanitarianism, these actions must be viewed through[…]

Serve Every Day the Way Nelson Mandela Did

  “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela Today marks Nelson Mandela Day. Scores of people in every corner of the earth are inspired[…]

Robots to the Rescue

The thought of a piece of robotic-looking scrap metal the size of a dinner plate approaching you over the horizon is not the most comforting – unless you are in need of its assistance in an emergency or humanitarian disaster. In the past few years, drones have been quickly entering the emergency response and aid[…]

Find The Right Aid Supplies

How to Choose the Right Product for Your Micro-Enterprise Program

Thousands of humanitarian enterprises are providing first-time access to vital technologies including solar light sets, clean cookstoves, and water filtration units through micro-enterprise programs all over the world. They can come in many forms such as micro-franchise and micro-consignment models. If you’re setting up a micro-enterprise or poverty alleviation program that provides products that can[…]

Un Sustainable Development Goals

How TLM Supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals

  The UN Sustainable Development Goals present an ambitious global call to action to improve living conditions throughout the world. But it’s not sufficient for civil society alone to push toward the 17 goals. Businesses have particular opportunities and responsibilities in advancing the SDGs. It’s no longer a question of whether the private sector has[…]

Aid Work In Silicon Valley

3 Silicon Valley Giants Innovating in the Humanitarian Sector

The continuous innovation that races through Silicon Valley affects lives on a global scale. But this mecca of tech that is constantly building and continuously growing has not always been accepted into the humanitarian aid community. Some critics say that there is a lack of empathy amongst these tech stars and question if the tech[…]

Humanitarian Work

Five Travel Essentials for Humanitarian Work

Humanitarian aid workers are an indispensable part of the efforts to mitigate disasters, crises and help people get out of poverty. They travel the world serving humanity, often at a moment’s notice.  And after our many (many, many) years traveling, we know it’s important to have some go-to essentials to stay safe and secure in sometimes[…]

Built in Colorado: The Level Market is Revolutionizing The Humanitarian Aid Industry

Built in Colorado is a rapidly growing online community that publishes news about Colorado start up companies and publishes data on the tech scene. April Bohnert interviewed The Level Market Founder Stephanie Cox, about the idea for a marketplace for aid and relief supplies. Check out the article below.  ________________________________________________________ In 2004, aid worker Stephanie Cox was on a[…]

Zero-based Design

8 Key Steps To Zero-Based Design for Development Programs

Definition: starting from scratch to create innovative products and services tailored for the very poor, armed with a thorough understanding of what they really want and need and driven by what Polak Polak calls “the ruthless pursuit of affordability.” Eight Key Steps to Zero-Based Design –  Paul Polak There are eight keys to applying zero-based[…]

Customs Brokers and Duties Taxes

Customs Brokers & Duties For Humanitarian Supplies

Organizing humanitarian aid and coordinating transportation is a big job without worrying about customs and duties. However, it’s essential to understand what, when, and why customs brokers and duties are important and how they factor into the aid shipment process and pricing.  While most of TLM’s suppliers will handle the international shipping for you through[…]

Birthing Kit

3 Women’s Health & Wellness Supplies For Your Humanitarian Program

Women in developing nations lack basic health care and face life-debilitating and life-threatening health issues. When it comes to providing health, it’s important to plan for all areas of wellness, including women’s reproductive health. Interest in women’s health issues began to increase in 2000 when the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDG)  aimed to eliminate[…]

The Level Market Emergency Shelter

Emergency Shelters: There’s No Place Like Home

With more than 60 million people displaced by internal conflict, post-disaster emergency shelters are in high demand. For those impacted by a disaster or crisis, many times there really is no place like home because there is no “home” anymore. While these shelters are a temporary solution, a good quality shelter can help life go on[…]

Under a Mosquito Net on World Malaria Day

On World Malaria Day, we urge you to think about how the simple act of sleeping under a bed net can reduce the rate of malaria infection by 20%, according to UNICEF.  A mosquito bite is now the world’s third biggest killer of children. You read that right: a bug bite is one of the[…]

Celebrate Earth Day with 5 Products that Make the World a Better Place

Today marks the 47th annual Earth Day. We celebrate the ability of science and technology to help protect the planet and the people on it. Join us as we review some of our favorite environmentally-friendly humanitarian aid supplies that save lives and elevate the quality of life for people all over the world. Wonderbag: Lightweight,[…]

Mike Saunders

Mike Saunders Interviews The Level Market’s Founder

Stephanie Cox is an operator and survivor. She has a proven history leading technology and consumer goods companies in emerging markets. Having spent most of her life in the trenches, she is passionate and savvy with a generous helping of grit. Stephanie started her career as a journalist, which had her living and working in[…]

Detroits Sustainable Brands

Solutions That Save Lives & Support Development

What better way to use the power of technology than to create solutions that save lives. Technology is on the front lines of changing the way humanitarian organizations approach the needs of the poor, conflict-affected and the vulnerable. Disaster relief, agriculture and education programs are arguably more successful today because of the advancements of technology. Innovative[…]

humanitarian cookstove fuel types

How to Choose a Cookstove Fuel Type

Products used for disaster relief are advancing rapidly. Trying to choose between one manufacturer’s product and another involves evaluating the whole technology as well as the context. If you’re considering a powered product, then understanding the technology needed to operate it is equally important as the context. This is particularly significant when it comes to cookstoves.[…]

Plumpy'Nut

Ready-to-Use-Food: Combating the Effects of Malnutrition

  Coverage of the famine in South Sudan and ongoing food shortages in Somalia, Nigeria, and Yemen is reaching world news platforms, and critical large-scale humanitarian resources have been engaged (thanks to the World Food Program). But there can never be “too much” awareness, and to that end, it’s time to raise public consciousness about potential[…]

Refugees Stats

Refugee Stats And The Supplies Needed

Millions of refugees around the world are looking for a safe place to stay – simply for a fighting chance to survive. War, protracted conflict, and extreme climate change are driving people from their homes at a rate not seen since World War II. We wanted to cut through some of the political rhetoric surrounding the[…]

World Water Day clean water

World Water Day: Water Tablets, Filters, Bags and Buckets

There are hundreds of pivotal needs that humanitarian aid suppliers struggle to fill every day. At the top of the list is making sure our planet’s most vulnerable have clean drinking water. You may know that one in eight people worldwide does not have access to clean water. Or that 4,000 children (yes, 4,000) die[…]

Shipping by Boat or by Plane

Sea vs. Air: Your Quick Reference Guide to Shipping

One of the most complicated and frustrating aspects of managing humanitarian aid is coordinating shipping, especially for LCL shipping or smaller loads (officially referred to as “less container loads” or LCLs). With tight timelines, production delays, budget limitations, and everything else that can interfere with getting aid to its final destination, the last thing you[…]

Basic Water Needs

Creative Female Innovators in Humanitarian Aid

On International Women’s Day, we’ve been reminiscing about the profound positive impact of creative female leaders all over the globe. Women at every stage of life and business continue to shape the world with their groundbreaking ideas, sense of humanity, and dogged determination to make the world a better place. In honor of all the great female[…]

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How to Evaluate Solar-Powered Humanitarian Supplies

Energy is one aspect of our quality of life that doesn’t get enough attention. It’s something that so many of us are fortunate enough to have 100% of the time, which means we often take it for granted. During a disaster, and in rural parts of the world where a crisis is ongoing, energy isn’t[…]

Didinomica

Diginomica: The Level Market is Tech for Social Good

Reporter Cath Everett from Diginomica examines how technology is being used for social good around the world. She highlights three companies that are doing it right including The Level Market. Check it out below. __________________________________________________ Set up in 2008 by Nominet, the official registry for UK internet domain names, the Nominet Trust has since invested[…]

Choose the RIght Cook STove

How to Choose A Clean Cookstove for Your Aid Program

Selecting the right cookstove for your humanitarian project or disaster relief is never easy. There’s a fine line between choosing the right equipment for the environment (and all the challenges it provides) while also delivering a product that the recipients will actually use. When you choose clean cookstoves as part of an aid program, you[…]

10 Humanitarian Engineering Schools You Should Know

Humanitarian programs at some of the top schools in the U.S. are gaining in popularity. We’ve compiled a list of our ten favorite colleges that offer humanitarian engineering programs. Students from each of these schools are tackling profound humanitarian challenges and completing projects that will have a lasting positive impact on millions of people worldwide.[…]

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7 Things to Consider When Choosing a Freight Forwarder for Aid Supplies

If you’re new to the process (or more appropriately, the ordeal) of international shipping, then you may not yet understand how vital a freight forwarder can be to making sure your humanitarian supplies get where they’re going on time and intact. To aid your process, we identified some things you should consider when choosing a[…]

Humanitarian aid conferences

Humanitarian Aid Conferences Not to Miss in 2017

Whether you’re looking to network with other aid actors, learn about new technologies or approaches, or connect with old (‘been around a while) colleagues, these essential humanitarian aid conferences are surely something to mark on your calendar. Not sure where to spend your travel dollars? We’ve attended quite a few – but have also done[…]

humanitarian supplies on mobile

Humanitarian supplies on your mobile device.

We understand the conditions aid & development professionals work in. We’re all on our mobile devices! At TLM, we aim to make it easy for field workers and volunteers to find humanitarian supplies and compare, save and quote – all on mobile devices. Thanks to all your feedback, we’ve updated our mobile experience on The[…]

Nominet Trust 2016

The Level Market Wins Prestigious Nominet Trust 100 Award

December 14, 2016, Golden, CO—The Level Market (TLM), the world’s first e-commerce platform for aid products, has been named to the 2016 NT100, Nominet Trust’s selection of the 100 most inspiring social innovations using digital technology to drive social change around the world. As the UK’s leading tech-for-good funder, Nominet Trust will hold a press[…]

Water & Sanitation Stock for Hurricane Matthew Relief

UNOCHA estimates Haiti needs $15 million in water & sanitation supplies to provide clean drinking water for Hurricane Matthew relief. The Level Market has scouted out readily available water & sanitation products so you don’t have to. We’ll show you ship-from-locations, available units and you’ll get the best prices for jerry cans, filtration units, testing[…]

The Level Market’s LightBulb Moment | A Video From Our Founder

In 2015, The Level Market began building a one-stop-shop for aid & development products that could meet humanity’s needs. The once difficult nature of researching, locating and purchasing life-saving products was made easy by The Level Market. “I was trying to compare a bunch of different units and I couldn’t find anything. I couldn’t find[…]

Reset.org

E-commerce Platform is One-Stop-Shop for Aid

From Reset.org ____________________________________ For development practitioners in the field, one great challenge is finding suitable and timely emergency aid supplies that they can then dispatch to the areas of need. E-commerce platform the Level Market is addressing the issue head-on, thus helping aid organizations focus more of their time on delivering emergency supplies, rather than[…]

Humanitarian Aid Advice

Advice for Humanitarian Entrepreneurs

The Colorado School of Mines asked me to speak to their energy entrepreneurs at its first Innovation Challenge back in January. I recently found my notes and thought I’d share my advice with all humanitarian entrepreneurs. 5 Pieces of Advice Get dirty. You probably don’t mind being in the dirt like me because you’re engineers and you[…]

What’s on the AIDF agenda?

A focus of this year’s Global Disaster Relief Summit (AIDF) is emergency procurement strategies. As a startup whose mission is to create a global, transparent marketplace for purchasing aid supplies, we will attend with open ears. Throughout my career, I noticed the proliferation of innovations directed towards victims of natural and manmade crises and those[…]

BusinessDen

E-Commerce startup wants to become ‘Amazon for aid’

From BusinessDen _________________________________ In the middle of the 2015 Ebola outbreak, Stephanie Cox’s search for water filters was coming up dry. “I was making a lot of phone calls, Googling, calling the experts and no one really knew what to do,” said Cox, a 17-year veteran of the humanitarian aid industry who was trying to[…]

Treehugger

New e-commerce site for humanitarian aid products

From Treehugger.com ___________________________ The Level Market wants to make the procurement of humanitarian aid and development products as easy as shopping on Amazon. By streamlining the research and pricing process for lifesaving and life-changing humanitarian aid products, The Level Market aims to not only make it easier for organizations to find the right products they[…]

A Marketplace For The Poor

Decades ago, Silicon Valley tech companies created marketplaces for everything you can imagine, except for a marketplace that provides essential goods for the poor and suffering.  In 2006, Dr. Paul Polak, founder of iDE, SunWater, Spring Health, and D-Rev launched a movement to develop products and ideas to benefit the majority of the people on earth[…]

We Festival

33Voices Share’s The ‘Ah-ha Moment’ That Inspired The Level Market From Founder Stephanie Cox

From 33 Voices and the We Festival. Stephanie shares her inspiration to create The Level Market and how she validated the product before launching. Watch The Level Market founder, Stephanie Cox, explain her “ah-ha” moment.   

Human Centered Design

Human Centered Design and Precision Listening

The Gifts that Keep on Giving   by Blake McKinlay I was lucky to start my career with iDE, an industry leader in using markets and business to achieve development goals. Fundamental to iDE’s approach is a commitment to listening to the customer. This mantra is nothing new and for many readers probably sounds like[…]

E-commerce World

It’s undeniable that we live in e-commerce in the developed world. To travel, we book tickets online. To find a hotel, we compare online to find best prices. To find a good restaurant, we go online and read reviews. To even find help caring for our kids, we can head to the Internet.  But in[…]