Amazon launches FBA Donations program for unsold inventory – Gooruf

Amazon launches FBA Donations program for unsold inventory – Gooruf





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The donation program will become the default option for all sellers when they choose to dispose of their unsold or unwanted products stored in Amazon warehouses across those two countries. The launch follows recent reports of Amazon routinely destroying unsold and unwanted inventory, with one French TV documentary estimating Amazon to have destroyed over 3 million products in France last year. Amazon is launching a new donations program, called Fulfillment by Amazon Donations, for third-party sellers that store their inventory in Amazon’s warehouses in the U.S. and UK, CNBC has learned. Starting on September 1, the donation program will become the default option for all sellers when they choose to dispose of their unsold or unwanted products stored in Amazon warehouses across those two countries.

Sellers can opt out of the program, if they want. The donations will be distributed to a network of U.S. nonprofits through a group called Good360 and UK charities such as Newlife and Barnardo’s. Sellers who spoke to CNBC said the new program makes it cheaper to donate their unwanted inventory. Amazon charges 50 cents to return unsold inventory to sellers, much more than the 15 cents charged for disposal.

Sellers destroy their inventory for a variety of reasons, including returns that are no longer usable or for safety issues.

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