Amazon enables third-party sellers to donate unsold items to UK charities

The tech giant says it will be working with charities including Barnardo's and the Salvation Army

Amazon has created a new programme that will enable third-party sellers to donate unwanted or unsold items to charities.

The tech giant announced this week that it would work with charity partners in the UK and the US on the initiative called Fulfillment by Amazon Donations.

It said the UK partners would include Barnardo's, the Salvation Army and Newlife, which helps disabled and terminally ill children.

"Amazon will start donating products from sellers, starting this September in the US and UK, providing helpful items to people in need," the retailer said in a blog.

The blog added that FBA Donations "builds on Amazon’s long history of donating millions of Amazon retail products to charities each year".

Under the scheme, sellers that pay Amazon to store products in their warehouses will have the option to donate to the programme any products that fail to sell.

Nobody at Amazon was available on Friday morning to provide further details about how the initiative would work or how the charity partners were chosen.

A spokesman for the Salvation Army said its trading subsidiary already received some donations directly from Amazon, such as end-of-line products.

He added that the charity welcomed moves to extend this to sellers and would "wait and see" how it worked.

A Barnardo's spokesman was unable to provide more information about the partnership.

Newlife did not respond to inquiries from Third Sector.

A TV documentary aired in France last year claimed that more than three million brand-new products from Amazon stores were destroyed in the country last year.

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