As the COVID-19 outbreak spreads, Amazon has alerted its marketplace and vendor partners that it will prioritize critical household goods, particularly staples and medicines, in response to developments.
In a note, Amazon stated:
“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.”
Amazon went on to say it understands that this will have an impact on partner business, and it is working hard to increase distribution capacity, including adding 100,000 new full- and part-time positions in its fulfillment centers across the United States.