New Amazon program will funnel unsold items to charities

Amazon Prime boxes are loaded on a cart for delivery in New York, Oct. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Amazon announced the launch of a new program that makes unsold items available to charities.

Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) Donations is the name of the program that starts next month, according a news release on Amazon’s website.

“Eligible excess and returned products from sellers using FBA” can provide “helpful items to people in need.”

Amazon will work with charity partners on logistics to streamline the donation process for independent sellers.

In the U.S., Amazon is working with Good360 to partner with retailers and other companies to source needed products then distribute them to nonprofits that can put them in the hands of the needy.

“We know getting products into the hands of those who need them transforms lives and strengthens local communities,” according to Alice Shobe, who directs Amazon in the Community. “We are delighted to extend this program to sellers who use our fulfillment services.”

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