Amazon launches programme to donate sellers' unwanted products to charities

16 Aug 2019 News

Amazon has announced a new donations programme that will see its sellers' unwanted items donated to the Salvation Army, Barnardo’s and Newlife. 

The global online retailer said Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) Donations will begin next month with excess and returned products from sellers in the UK being given to the three charities.

A spokesperson for Salvation Army told Civil Society News that Amazon had partnered with its trading company to bring the unwanted products from sellers into its charity shops.

They said the partnership had been in the works for the last six months, and that the charity had recently received a delivery of donated end-of-line goods directly from Amazon warehouses.

Charitable way to dispose of unsold products

Alice Shobe, director at Amazon in the Community, said: “We know getting products into the hands of those who need them transforms lives and strengthens local communities. 

“We are delighted to extend this programme to sellers who use our fulfillment services.”

The programme will become the default option for all sellers when they choose to dispose of unsold or returned products in Amazon warehouses, according to CNBC.

Amazon told sellers in an email that the programme would reduce the number of products sent to landfill and instead help those in need.

Amazon is also launching the FBA Donations programme for sellers in the US, working with Good360, a charity based in Virginia that sources and distributes goods to a network of non-profits.

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