Only the Essentials
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, online sales have soared causing many household items and medical supplies to go out of stock on Amazon. To more quickly receive, stock, and deliver these products to customers, Amazon has begun prioritizing these produts at their fulfillment centers.
Shipment Creation Disabled Until April 5th
This was brought to our attention early this morning while attempting to create shipments for our clients that were not selling essential items. Shortly after, at 9:15 EST Amazon sent an email explaining the details.
We are closely monitoring the developments of COVID-19 and its impact on our customers, selling partners, and employees.
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 that we can more quickly receive, restock, and deliver these products to customers.
For products other than these, we have temporarily disabled shipment creation. We are taking a similar approach with retail vendors.
This will be in effect today through April 5, 2020, and we will let you know once we resume regular operations. Shipments created before today will be received at fulfillment centers.
You can learn more about this on this Help page. Please note that Selling Partner Support does not have further guidance.
We understand this is a change to your business, and we did not take this decision lightly. We are working around the clock to increase capacity and yesterday announced that we are opening 100,000 new full- and part-time positions in our fulfillment centers across the US.
We appreciate your understanding as we prioritize the above products for our customers.
Thank you for your patience, and for participating in FBA.
Inconvenient but Necessary
Although this might come as an inconvenience to many businesses and sellers, it is necessary. With panicked shoppers raiding toilet paper aisles across the country and scum bags hoarding hand santizer; normal people still need to wipe their ass.
Hopefully this helps provide some security and sense of control to a very shaken nation.