In the wake of coronavirus pandemic, e-commerce tech giant Amazon has informed third-party sellers that it will temporarily stop shipments of non-essential items to warehouses in a bid to prioritise shipments of medical supplies and other high-demand household goods. The moratorium will last from March 17 to April 5 in both the US and Europe.
This announcement applies to sellers who participate in the Fulfilled by Amazon program. As per the company claims, the changes do not apply for the orders before the announcement, and the product en route to the warehouse will be accepted as usual.
Amazon spokesperson said in a statement:
“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 we can more quickly receive, restock and ship these products to customers.”
For the uninitiated, Fulfillment by Amazon is a service provided by the American multinational technology company based in Seattle that includes storage, packaging, and shipping assistance to sellers. This platform takes off burden and stress from sellers and allows them to be more flexible in their selling practices.