Starting September 1, 2019, Amazon will begin donating eligible excess and returned products from sellers using FBA. This program is called Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) Donations, and it’ll be available in both the UK and US marketplaces.
Amazon has partnered with Good360, an organization that specializes in product philanthropy. Good360 partners with companies to source needed goods, and it distributes those goods to its network of diverse nonprofit organizations.
Amazon joins a growing list of other businesses that are looking to reduce waste. Good360 has such corporate partners like Disney, Hasbro, and Home Depot, to name a few.
Sellers who are using FBA and have eligible products will automatically be enrolled in the donation program. When sellers choose to dispose of overstock, returns, or otherwise unwanted inventory, then Amazon will donate the inventory instead. This service is available only to inventory stored at US fulfillment centers.
There’s no additional cost outside of the usual disposal fees, and Amazon will handle the donation.
Sellers who do not wish to donate their inventory will have to disable donations in their FBA settings. This can be found under Settings > Fulfillment by Amazon > FBA Donations program. Simply do a search for FBA Donations to find it, or scroll all the way down to the last option (at the time of this article).
Of course, there are some issues to consider. Instead of being thrown away at a landfill, donated goods may eventually end up being resold online. Issues like warranty claims, brand image, and customer support should be considered if you have a particularly complex product.
Overall, donated inventory means that less stuff ends up at landfills. And people in need will be helped as well. Both people and the environment will be better for it.
You may also want to consider other options if you’re considering donations. For example, Amazon Outlet is a way to recover some cost from your inventory.
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