Amazon Changes Aimed at Reducing Delays in Delivery of Vital Products

The run on grocery stores and big box stores and government advisories to stay at home have shoppers going on line more but still seeing some shortages and longer waits ito get what they buy.

Amazon has made major changes that affects the products it will store and ship from its warehouses during the next few weeks. The company says the changes are designed to keep the essential items in stock and also trying toi speed up orders.

Amazon announced Tuesday it would be “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.”

The on line retail giant says it will no longer accept new shipments to its warehouses for discretionary items through April 5. During that time, Amazon will continue to sell all types of products on its websites, but sellers listing discretionary items will have to store and ship them on their own if they aren’t already in, or on their way to, an Amazon warehouse as of Tuesday.

An Amazon spokesman said “We are seeing increased online shopping, and as a result, some products, such as household staples and medical supplies, are out of stock,”

Amazon has also announced it is hiring 100,000 warehouse employees to meet the demand during the coronavirus crisis.

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