Amazon Limits Sales of Non-essential Items

The Independent has today reported that Amazon is temporarily suspending the shipment of all items from independent merchants that are not medical or in high demand.
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March 18, 2020

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Suspending non-essential shipments

through April 5, this initiative is due to the influx of ecommerce activity as global Coronavirus measures keep people indoors and online shopping faces a significant rise.

With cleaning supplies and other wellness items going out of stock, factories in China facing disruption after the initial outbreak of the virus, Amazon is the first major online retailer to limit sales as high street stores close the shutters en masse.

The limitation of Amazon shipments will undoubtedly have an impact on people across the U.K., Europe and the US choosing to self-isolate and socially distance themselves. eMarketer's

report

 on internet use in March 2020 (via YouGov) shows 85 percent of users in China – the first region to experience the outbreak – and 83 percent of those in Hong Kong avoided crowded places in exchange for virtual connectivity and ecommerce.

This news follows Amazon’s recent announcement that it would hire an additional 100,000 employees in the US to respond

to consumer demand in quarantine.

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