If you were hoping it was going to be business as usual at Amazon, that’s not going to happen. The company is putting focus on groceries and health products.
While physical shops are closing, there was the idea that we’d get everything online. However, Amazon is now making a few changes that could halt some of those plans. The emphasis in the fulfillment centers is on groceries and health products.
According to Bloomberg, the global company is suspending the shipping of some items. Sort of.
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The decision comes after there was a spike in online orders. The company wants to hire 100,000 more fulfillment workers and delivery drivers to deal with this, but it’s clear that even that won’t be sustainable. With more online orders coming in, things have to be prioritized.
This doesn’t mean that only groceries and health supplies will be shipped right now. What the company has said is that these are the only items that will be stocked in the fulfillment centers for now. Nothing else is allowed in to avoid a surge from customers that are in the middle of panic buying.
That being said, if there are items already in the fulfillment centers and people order them, they will be shipped out. If there are orders already on the way, you’ll receive them.
You will still be able to order items through the website. There will just likely be a delay, even if you have Amazon Prime, because of the current availability in the fulfillment centers. Once there is nothing left in the fulfillment center, there won’t be anything arriving until at least April 5.
Amazon has already made this clear to the smaller sellers that send items to fulfillment centers. It is also working with the bigger brands that it buys directly from.
It’s going to be disappointing for many. However, the focus is on making sure places are stocked with essentials, including hand sanitizers and toilet paper, instead of having items that people don’t need or even necessarily want.
This only applies to the items that are sold via Fulfillment by Amazon. The third-party sellers that mail directly are not affected by this decision.
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