Struggling to Deliver: Amazon Halts Shipments of Non-Essential Goods


Even Amazon is struggling to keep up in the midst of what is a completely unprecedented challenge for the world's supply chains.

Struggling to Deliver: Amazon Halts Shipments of Non-Essential Goods and Adds 100,000 Positions

As delivery demand surges amid the coronavirus pandemic, reports of Amazon’s struggles to keep consumers’ orders coming are beginning to surface.

An Amazon spokesperson confirmed to The Seattle Times on Sunday that “a systems impact” was limiting the company’s ability to deliver grocery orders from Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods Market.

Amazon announced it is opening 100,000 new full and part-time positions across the U.S. in its fulfillment centers and delivery network to meet the surge in demand. In addition to the new roles, it’s boosting pay, adding an additional $2 per hour to employee salaries in the U.S., through April up from $15 or more.

The e-commerce giant is also communicating to its suppliers that it will not accept any shipments of non-essential consumer goods until April 5.

Amazon told sellers and vendors that it would accept only shipments of "household staples, medical supplies, and other high-demand products" to its warehouse to deal with high demand amid the coronavirus crisis, according to reports. The online retailer will still deliver any products that are purchased by consumers for supplies that are already in stock. Read More