In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Amazon sent out a note to sellers that the digital retail giant will only accept shipments of medical supplies and other essentials to its warehouses.
In an email to sellers who rely on its platform, Amazon announced that it would only be taking in shipments of "household staples, medical supplies, and other high-demand products" until April 5, according to Business Insider. The decision applies not only to third-party sellers but also wholesalers who provide Amazon with its own name-brand stuff.
"We are seeing increased online shopping, and as a result some products such as household staples and medical supplies are out of stock," the memo reads, per BI. "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."
Even with that announcement, the company is reportedly trying to hire an additional 100,000 warehouse workers in the U.S. alone and offering a temporary two-dollar bump in hourly wages.
Amazon later clarified specifically what it would be prioritizing and allowing into its warehouses. They are:
- Baby products.
- Healthcare products.
- Beauty products.
- Pet supplies.
- Scientific products.
"For products other than these, we have temporarily disabled shipment creation," the memo read. "We are taking a similar approach with retail vendors."