Amazon continues to seek out new methods to cut costs in its effort to maximize profits. It has introduced that new pointers to cut back packaging will come into play on September 3rd, pushed again from the original deadline of today.
In case you’ve ever acquired a gargantuan cardboard box with one tiny USB stick inside, you will know that packaging could be very wasteful. In response to this problem, Amazon’s Frustration-Free Packaging Program aimed to offer clients “minimal, protective and functional packaging” to maintain objects secure without adding unnecessary waste packaging. The corporate hopes the program’s new pointers will both cut down on delivery costs and lessen the environmental effect of packaging.
If Amazon sellers do not keep on with the packaging pointers, they may face a penalty, based on the Wall Street Journal. Packages which do not meet the new standards will likely be subject to a $1.99 surcharge that the seller should pay. Providing a carrot as well as a stick, Amazon will give $1 credit to sellers for every item that does meet the rules.
Brands have little energy to influence Amazon’s guidelines, and the corporate already has a reputation for treating its third-party sellers poorly. For sellers working on already-thin margins, these new packaging guidelines might pose a challenge.