Amazon India on Wednesday announced that it has expanded its Packaging-Free Shipping (PFS) initiative to more than 100 cities in the country.
According to Amazon,PFS is a sustainable packaging solution in which customer orders are shipped in their original packaging without any additional packaging or covers, or significantly reduced packaging to minimise packaging waste across its supply chain.
Amazon first launched PFS in India in June 2019 in less than ten cities and within a year, the company said in a statement it has been able to expand this programme to more than 100 cities.
With this expansion of PFS, more than 40 per cent of customer orders shipped from the company's Fulfilment centres are now packaging-free or have significantly reduced packaging. With PFS, multiple customer orders are secured and transported in re-usable totes during deliveries, it said.
As per Amazon India, the PFS will be applied to orders based the location of the customer, distance the order has to travel and the category of product ordered. Amazon says it uses machine learning algorithms to adjust packaging protection depending on the product and transportation conditions. Products that are shipped packaging-free include tech accessories, home and home improvement products, shoes, and luggage. Liquids, fragile items, and personal care products that need additional protection during transportation continue to be shipped with packaging.