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Amazon Slows Shipping Of Non Essentials

Going to order some DVDs, Blu-rays or a new TV or media player to watch them on? You might have to wait a while.

Recode reports that due to increased demand because of the coronavirus, e-commerce giant Amazon has announced it is delaying shipments on all non-essential items.

Specifically yesterday, U.S. customers and Amazon merchants posted that they’ve seen that certain non-essential items were showing April 21st delivery dates despite being categorised as in-stock and available to ship with Amazon Prime. That includes DVDs and Blu-rays.

Recode reached out to Amazon about it, and the company confirmed it isn’t a glitch: “To serve our customers in need while also helping to ensure the safety of our associates, we’ve changed our logistics, transportation, supply chain, purchasing, and third-party seller processes to prioritize stocking and delivering items that are a higher priority for our customers. This has resulted in some of our delivery promises being longer than usual.”

On Tuesday, Amazon acknowledged the challenges it was facing and will only accept new stock in its warehouses through early April if it was in one of six essential products categories – baby products, health and household, beauty and personal care, grocery, industrial and scientific, and pet supplies.

That means various things from coffee machines to printer ink and other non-essentials could be weeks from delivery. Amazon has also said it was looking to hire 100,000 new workers to help sort, package, and deliver goods for customers.

Online shopping has increased exponentially due to the pandemic. A full statement from Amazon is up at AboutAmazon.com.

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