Is Amazon Closing Down Deliveries Except Medical Supplies?!
Yesterday, I saw a post that gave me goosebumps. It said Amazon was suspending sales of all non-essential products except medical supplies.
With the Coronavirus making its rounds and most people in self-quarantine at home, this news was shocking. After all, Amazon is one of the biggest retailers around. And, with brick and mortar stores closing their doors to combat COVID-19 spread and “flatten the curve”, many are looking to online ordering to fill in the gaps.
Did Amazon Close?
Amazon did announce that they are temporarily prohibiting third-party sellers from shipping and storing non-essential items at its warehouses until April 5, 2020. It’s true that this could impact the products available for “Fulfillment by Amazon” (FBA) orders in the near-future.
However, Amazon did not announce that it was halting shipping on all non-essential items. The post is a misunderstanding that turned into a rumor, and it’s not true.
Why all the fuss?
People across the world are stocking up on essentials because they’re worried about lack of supplies. For example, essentials such as toilet paper, tissues, hand sanitizer and bleach are sold out in many places.
Panic has set in, and people are worried. In addition, food staples such as milk, bread, eggs and canned goods have been cleared from store shelves.
Therefore, when people can’t find these things nearby, they look to online retail giants like Amazon to fulfill the need. That’s why this rumor spread like wildfire. But, fortunately it’s not true.
The Wall Street Journal headline read: “Amazon Prioritizes Medical Supplies, Household Staples From Merchants Amid Coronavirus.” And, some people apparently misunderstood the headline and ran with it. Therefore, a rumor started and people panicked.
How it Actually Works
Amazon’s Fulfillment by Amazon program (FBA) program gives third-party (non-Amazon) sellers the ability to store products at the Amazon warehouse for quick and easy shipment. These products may fall under the Amazon Prime 2-day shipping tier.
So, when you place an order, Amazon grabs the product from its warehouse and quickly ships it out. The announcement was actually Amazon telling FBA sellers that Amazon was temporarily prioritizing medical and essential home supplies for that warehouse service. In other words, Amazon is not taking any more products from third-party sellers at the moment. However, all of the stock at their warehouse will continue to fill orders as usual.
Amazon has not suspended all deliveries except for medical supplies and household staples.
NBC News reported:
Amazon is not accepting new products to its warehouse service except household staples, medical supplies and other high-demand items through April 5, according to an announcement obtained by NBC News. Amazon confirmed the authenticity of the announcement.
“We are seeing increased online shopping and as a result some products such as household staples and medical supplies are out of stock,” the company announced on its seller platform called Seller Central. “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 ship these products to customers.”