The American colossus of online commerce Amazon would throw millions of new unsold items on its market? This is in any case what the magazine "Capital" on M6, Sunday evening, intends to demonstrate. In a report, a channel journalist shows how he managed to be hired as a storekeeper in one of Amazon's warehouses, Saran (Loiret), to resume the company's practices. In particular large containers for the destruction of objects of all kinds: diapers, coffee machines, televisions, toys, etc.
The journalist, who also collected the testimonies of several former employees, reveals the clauses contained in the contracts between the Amazon platform ("market place") and the third-party suppliers that hosts and stores the products in its warehouses. .
On these documents, it is proposed to companies, in the event of unsold, to return their assets or destroy them even if they are new, a legal practice even if "revolting" reports the problem.
Thus, in Chalon-sur-Saone (Saone-et-Loire), one of its smaller sites in France, 293,000 products were sent to scrap, almost all new, in just nine months, reveals the show presented by Julien Courbet, citing union sources. If we add all the warehouses of the American giant, there are potentially about 3 million new products that would be thrown out a year, according to the report.
Contacted by AFP, Amazon France explains "try to minimize the number of products that must be returned by (their) customers, in their interest as in (his)".
"For products that can not be resold, we work with organizations like donations and food banks to donate to needy people," says the company.
The report also shows, through the images taken in the drone, the route of products launched to incinerators or landfills, an ecological disaster reported by "Friends of the Earth".