Amazon is launching a donation program called FBA[Fullfilment by Amazon] Donations for third party sellers that will sell the unsold inventories at the company’s warehouses in the U.S. and UK to the charitable organizations. The program has been launched in the United States and has partnered with multiple organization to donate the goods.
The unsold products of the sellers will be added to the donation program while they can also opt-out of the program. Its decision to come after a French TV documentary says that Amazon has been destroying unsold or the defected products over the years. According to the documentary it has destroyed 3 Million worth product last year.
“We know getting products into the hands of those who need them transforms lives and strengthens local communities,” said Alice Shobe, Director, Amazon in the Community said in a blog post. “We are delighted to extend this program to sellers who use our fulfillment services.”
Amazon is working with Good360, a global leader in product philanthropy UK charities such as Newlife and Barnardo’s. It will start its program of selling to charities on Sept. 1, 2019. The company charges 50 cents to return the inventories to the sellers that are more 15 cents charged for disposal.
Jeff Bezos company said to CBNC that it is striving hard to bring the destroyable products to zero. “At Amazon, the vast majority of returned products are resold to other customers or liquidators, returned to suppliers, or donated to charitable organizations, depending on their condition,” Amazon said.
Earlier this year, CBS reported that Amazon has dumped and destroyed 293,000 products in France and Britain in the period of nine months period.