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Coronavirus: Amazon suspends all non-essential shipments to warehouses – Business Insider

Coronavirus: Amazon suspends all non-essential shipments to warehouses – Business Insider

Amazon told sellers on Tuesday that it’s suspending shipments of all non-essential products to its warehouses to deal with the increased workloads following the coronavirus outbreak.Amazon is now prioritizing medical supplies, household staples, and other high-demand products to its warehouses until April 5.”We are temporarily prioritizing household staples, medical supplies, and other high-demand products coming into our fulfillment centers so that we can more quickly receive, restock, and deliver these products to customers,” the message said.Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Amazon is now blocking sellers from shipping non-essential products to its warehouses in response to the significant increase in orders it’s seeing as the novel coronarvirus spreads across the country.On Tuesday, Amazon told sellers in an email that it will only accept shipments of “household staples, medical supplies, and other high-demand products” to its warehouse until April 5 to deal with the high demand of those products amid the coronavirus crisis.”We are seeing increased online shopping, and as a result some products such as household staples and medical supplies are out of stock,” the email obtained by Business Insider said. “With this in mind, we are temporarily prioritizing household staples, medical supplies, and other high-demand products coming into our fulfillment centers so that we can more quickly receive, restock, and deliver these products to customers.”The move follows huge increases in orders of certain products on Amazon, like face masks and toilet paper, as more shoppers flocked to e-commerce sites like Amazon for their shopping. That’s put huge strains on Amazon’s supple chain, resulting in shipment delays, technical glitches, and labor shortages.Amazon said in the email that it’s prioritizing shipment in the following six categories: baby product; health & household (including personal care appliances); beauty & personal care; grocery; industrial & scientific; pet supplies.

“Amazon is taking drastic measures to address logistical challenges faced amid the coronavirus pandemic,” said Steven Yates, CEO of Prime Guidance, an agency that helps Amazon sellers. “Amazon has struggled to keep up with demand on essential items, so this move will allow them to focus more available resources to meet this increased demand.” Amazon said the change would apply to first-party vendors who wholesale their products too. Unlike third-party sellers who directly sell their products on Amazon’s marketplace, those vendors sell their products to Amazon, who then resells them at a markup.In fact, a group of vendors told Business Insider earlier this week that some change was expected, as Amazon stopped placing purchase orders that it normally does on Mondays. They suspected Amazon was only placing orders that are in high demand because it ran out of stock for household staples over the weekend.”We would like to notify you, due to the current health concerns, we are taking actions to prevent more health issues. We will share more information in the upcoming days,” Amazon wrote to one of the vendors who asked about the order change on Monday.Here’s the full message from Amazon:

“We are closely monitoring the developments of COVID-19 and its impact on our customers, selling partners, and employees.We are seeing increased online shopping, and as a result some products such as household staples and medical supplies are out of stock. With this in mind, we are temporarily prioritizing household staples, medical supplies, and other high-demand products coming into our fulfillment centers so that we can more quickly receive, restock, and deliver these products to customers.For products other than these, we have temporarily disabled shipment creation. We are taking a similar approach with retail vendors.This will be in effect today through April 5, 2020, and we will let you know once we resume regular operations. Shipments created before today will be received at fulfillment centers.You can learn more about this on this Help page 534. Please note that Selling Partner Support does not have further guidance.

We understand this is a change to your business, and we did not take this decision lightly. We are working around the clock to increase capacity and yesterday announced 111 that we are opening 100,000 new full- and part-time positions in our fulfillment centers across the US.We appreciate your understanding as we prioritize the above products for our customers.Thank you for your patience, and for participating in FBA.”

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