Amazon To Donate Unsold Products To The Needy

Posted: Aug 14 2019, 10:48pm CDT | by , in Technology News

 

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Excess and returned items would soon find a home with Amazon's new program.

Amazon.com announced a new initiative that will let customers and third-party sellers help out people in need.

Fulfillment by Amazon Donations is the e-commerce company’s new program where excess and returned products from Amazon sellers will be shipped to charities and non-profit organizations.

This means that products that were sent back to sellers and items that have hit an oversupply are among the items to be donated.

The company said it has teamed up with Good360, a not-for-profit institution that focuses in product philanthropy and purposeful giving, in the U.S. Good360 already has existing partnerships with major retailers and consumer goods manufacturers such as Walmart, Nike, Levi’s, Mattel, GAP, Disney, Advance Auto Parts, CVS Health, Hasbro, The Home Depot, UPS and more brands to deliver highly needed products to people who need them the most.

Good360 has also been involved in disaster recovery causes. It has taken part in programs to help victims of Hurricane Michael, Hurricane Florence, the 2018 California wildfires and more.

Meanwhile, in the U.K., Amazon said it will partner with charities like Newlife, Salvation Army, and Barnardo’s.

The program will take off in September in the U.S. and U.K.

“We know getting products into the hands of those who need them transforms lives and strengthens local communities… We are delighted to extend this program to sellers who use our fulfillment services,” Amazon in the Community director Alice Shobe said in a statement.

Amazon’s move follows a report in May by CBS News, which revealed that Amazon’s warehouses in the U.K. and France routinely destroy unsold products. One of the warehouses reportedly sent 293,000 items to a local dump in a period of nine months.

The CBS News also pointed to a documentary by a French TV station, which found that Amazon has dumped more than 3 million products in France alone in 2018.

The company did not confirm the reports.

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