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Amazon will start donating unsold warehouse goods instead of destroying them

By midian182 · 5 replies
Aug 15, 2019
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  1. The Fulfillment by Amazon Donations program is aimed at third-party sellers who store their items in Amazon’s US and UK warehouses. CNBC reports that from September 1, the program will become the default option for goods selected for disposal, though it will be possible to opt-out.

    CBS News reported that one Amazon facility sent 293,000 items to a local dump during a nine-month period, while French TV Chanel M6 recently revealed that Amazon destroys 3 million products per year in that country alone.

    For third-party sellers, destroying returned, unsold, or defective goods is cheaper (15 cents per item) than requesting Amazon returning them to the merchants (50 cents per item). While those fees will remain the same, products will be donated rather than destroyed.

    The donations will be distributed to non-profits in the US through Good360. In the UK, they will go to charities including Newlife, Salvation Army, and Barnado’s.

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

    In addition to helping those in need, the program will cut down on waste production by reducing the number of items sent to landfill sites.

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  2. BarryBostwick

    BarryBostwick TS Rookie

    Wow what a great and thoughtful company.
  3. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,219   +1,657

    I never knew that they were trashing unsold stuff. Now Amazon is gonna get a tax write off.
    Davek likes this.
  4. Markoni35

    Markoni35 TS Addict Posts: 266   +115

    Amazon, when you catch time, I need an old unsold i7-8700...
    Davek likes this.
  5. Catweazle

    Catweazle TS Booster Posts: 78   +79

    Waiting for people to find out where these dumps are and raid them; it's the Atari landfill all over again. Seriously though, it's sickening what a wasteful society we are. It's bad enough we constantly buy junk we don't even need, use it a few years and then throw it out when we "upgrade", we certainly don't need companies dumping completely new and unused items in landfills. Shame on any company that does that.
    Godel likes this.
  6. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,619   +598

    Even Thrift shops throw away unused goods after about 3 weeks. Items given to them for free. Common practice in most businesses. When I worked fast food if a sandwich sat on the heating rack for over 10 minutes it was trash. They could pile em up in the fridge and give them away to a homeless shelter. Sure would be more worthwhile then going to church.


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