The Global Distributors Collective
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The Global Distributors Collective (GDC) is a collective of last mile distributors around the world. We are dedicated to supporting distributors to help them reach millions of unserved customers with life-changing products, and to developing the last mile distribution sector as a whole.

We have 200 members in over 50 countries, who have reached over 33 million people in last mile households with life-changing products such as solar lights, clean cookstoves and water filters.

Our ambition is to make last mile distribution the first priority, so that life-changing products can be made affordable and available to all.

A snapshot of GDC members

Our second Innovation Challenge is now live! This year, we're crowd-sourcing and piloting exciting ideas that help to make last mile distribution more resilient. Do you have an innovation you'd like to bring to life?

Our second Innovation Challenge is now live! This year, we're crowd-sourcing and piloting exciting ideas that help to make last mile distribution more resilient. Do you have an innovation you'd like to bring to life?

The GDC now has 200 members in over 50 countries around the world, selling life changing products to last mile customers. Check out this overview of our membership, which shows the types of products they sell, the approaches they use and the impact they achieve.

COVID-19 Resources

Last mile distributors are experiencing significant challenges to their businesses as a result of the current pandemic. Visit our COVID-19 resource hub to learn more; whether you are a last mile distributor looking for tools, resources and funding opportunities, or simply interested in finding out how GDC members are adapting to the crisis and the types of support they require.

Last mile distributors are experiencing significant challenges to their businesses as a result of the current pandemic. Visit our COVID-19 resource hub to learn more; whether you are a last mile distributor looking for tools, resources and funding opportunities, or simply interested in finding out how GDC members are adapting to the crisis and the types of support they require.

Last mile distributors are experiencing significant challenges to their businesses as a result of the current pandemic. Visit our COVID-19 resource hub to learn more; whether you are a last mile distributor looking for tools, resources and funding opportunities, or simply interested in finding out how GDC members are adapting to the crisis and the types of support they require.

Finding the sweet spot: a report from the GDC

This research highlights the opportunity for last mile distributors to access price-competitive, quality off-grid solar products, which currently are difficult to identify. Our findings will help distributors and others to find products in a 'price-quality sweet spot' to better serve customers at the last mile.

This research highlights the opportunity for last mile distributors to access price-competitive, quality off-grid solar products, which currently are difficult to identify. Our findings will help distributors and others to find products in a 'price-quality sweet spot' to better serve customers at the last mile.

This research highlights the opportunity for last mile distributors to access price-competitive, quality off-grid solar products, which currently are difficult to identify. Our findings will help distributors and others to find products in a 'price-quality sweet spot' to better serve customers at the last mile.

The GDC's impact to date: taking stock

Formally launched in October 2018, the GDC has been working for the past 18 months to help its members improve business performance and grow, and to build a collective voice for the last mile distribution sector. Here, we reflect on how far we’ve come, key lessons learned, and future plans.

Formally launched in October 2018, the GDC has been working for the past 18 months to help its members improve business performance and grow, and to build a collective voice for the last mile distribution sector. Here, we reflect on how far we’ve come, key lessons learned, and future plans.

Formally launched in October 2018, the GDC has been working for the past 18 months to help its members improve business performance and grow, and to build a collective voice for the last mile distribution sector. Here, we reflect on how far we’ve come, key lessons learned, and future plans.

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Collective solutions

Find out how we support last mile distributors to save time, money and reach profitability.

Our members

Get to know our members, who work in over 40 countries and sell more than 10 types of products.

Become a member

If you are a last mile distributor and would like to join the GDC, we’d love to hear from you!

News and publications

How will last-mile distributors adapt to and survive the COVID-19 crisis?

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How will last-mile distributors adapt to and survive the COVID-19 crisis?

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Building resilience: Field staff engagement amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

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A fresh conversation on gender equality and inclusion in last mile distribution

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Centralized purchasing: a game-changer for last mile distributors?

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What will last mile distribution look like in 2025?

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