Amazon Prioritizes Medical Supplies and Household Staples
As shoppers stay at home and rely increasingly on online retail to get them the products they need, Amazon is prioritizing shipments containing medical supplies and household staples. Sellers of goods that don’t fall into those categories are facing a tough few weeks ahead. Many sellers are already hurting as Chinese factories remain inactive. Meanwhile, Amazon is hiring an additional 100,000 warehouse and delivery workers to help cope with the rise in demand.
Amazon’s decision will help serve shoppers who need to buy toilet paper, disinfectant wipes and other necessities, but it threatens to put third-party sellers who don’t offer those products in a major bind for at least the next few weeks.