Amazon prioritizes high-demand products amid coronavirus outbreak

2020-03-18 06:36

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Amazon is prioritizing high-demand products and has partially suspended its third-party shipment services in the U.S. and EU marketplaces, due to the global coronavirus outbreak.

"We are closely monitoring the developments of COVID-19 and its impact on our customers, selling partners, and employees,"Amazon said on its website.

The company is prioritizing products in six broad categories -- baby, health and household, beauty and personal care, grocery, industrial and scientific, and pet supplies, as a result of increased online shopping and shortage of household staples and medical supplies.

"For products other than these, we have temporarily disabled shipment creation. We are taking a similar approach with retail vendors," it said.

The adjustment goes into effect Tuesday and will last through April 5.

As people are urged to stay at home amid the coronavirus outbreak, demand for delivery is at a record high. Amazon has started running out of some household staples and daily necessities.

Amazon provides warehousing and shipment services for products from third-party sellers through the "Fulfillment by Amazon" program. By applying the limitation, it can concentrate on shipment of essential high-demand products, the company said.

In an earlier statement on Monday, the company said it is looking to hire 100,000 new employees for its fulfillment centers and delivery network to meet the surge in demand during the coronavirus outbreak.
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