Amazon has responded to the coronavirus crisis by suspending inbound shipments to many FBA centres in Europe. Due to the mass purchasing of products such as household items and medical supplies, causing these items to quickly go out of stock, the E-commerce giant has disabled shipment creation for FBA users. Amazon has sent an e- mail to sellers stating “We are prioritizing household staples, medical supplies and other high-demand products coming into our fulfilment centres so that we can quickly receive, restock and deliver these products to customers.” These measures will be in place until 5 April.
Although this may be inconvenient for many FBA users across Europe, Amazon has demonstrated their sense of social responsibility by ensuring the people who are most vulnerable to the virus can access the supplies they need. They have also announced that they are working to increase their capacity and they are opening 100,000 full and part-time positions in fulfilment centres across the US.