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• Amazon has informed its suppliers that it is instituting new parameters for its Frustration Free Packaging program. An excerpt from the email:

“Our Frustration-Free Packaging program includes multiple sustainable packaging initiatives, such as moving small items from boxes to flexible mailers, optimizing our selection of boxes to better address product size and weight, launching fully recyclable mailers, and working with our global Vendor partners to develop ready-to-ship packaging. Together these initiatives have eliminated more than 244,000 tons of packaging materials, and in 2017 alone, they saved the equivalent of 305 million shipping boxes.

“We’re encouraged by these results, so we are now requiring that by August 1, 2019 all items larger than 18" x 14" x 8" or 20 lbs. or more sold through Amazon be designed and certified as ready-to-ship (Tier 1 – FFP or Tier 2 – SIOC) within our Frustration-Free Packaging programs. That means they’ll be right sized, protective against damage, ready-to-ship without the need for additional packaging, and ideally easy to open, and recyclable. This will reduce waste through the entire supply chain and ensure that customers have a great experience every time they receive and open a package. While this won’t take effect for 11 months, we are offering an early adopter credit for all items certified from September 4, 2018 until July 31, 2019 and received in our fulfillment network up until the launch date of August 1, 2019.”
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