Amazon Suspends Many Shipments Until At Least April

Amazon Suspends Many Shipments Until At Least April

The limits apply to large vendors and third-party sellers, who list items to sell on Amazon.com directly.

Amazon also told its third-party sellers that the company would not be accepting shipments from other product categories lines until at least April 5.

Amazon said that vendors would see "reduced purchase orders" as it "temporarily paused" orders for all non-essential products until April 5. Amazon said it was taking a similar approach with the big brands it buys directly from.

The move will last until 5 April and cover warehouses in the USA and Europe.

Amazon reportedly will allow products that are already in route to its fulfillment centers to be accepted and shipped out but no new products will be allowed at the facilities over the next three weeks.

As more and more countries go into lockdown, people are turning to Amazon and other online retailers to order groceries and other supplies.

The changes are created to bolster its distribution efforts of essential household staples and perishables that many grocery and retail establishments are struggling to keep in stock.

Amazon in a memo sent to its sellers.

News of the hiring was reported earlier by The Wall Street Journal.

A few merchants in Amazon's official online forum are already anxious. They just won't be as actively restocking them once they sell out.

"We want those people to know we welcome them on our teams until things return to normal and their past employer is able to bring them back", Amazon said via CNBC.

"This virus is not a joke and am sure Amazon didn't take the decision to suspend FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) shipments, just because they felt like it", one merchant posted.

Amazon also pointed out that health and safety is also a top priority with all of its roles and sites. So it's possible Amazon's own supplies of laptops, PC parts, and video games could thin out, depending on the supply and demand. And on Monday the company said it will add 100,000 new jobs at delivery centers and its warehouses to keep up with a spike in orders.

On Monday, Amazon announced that it is seeking to hire some 100,000 additional full- and part-time workers to handle the surge in online orders in the US alone.

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