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With the effects of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) virus, evolving World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations and other preventative measures, many consumers have shifted their shopping needs online to sites like Amazon. And this added pressure — especially in specific product categories such as household staples and medical supplies — is being felt throughout the supply chain.

As a result, Amazon announced today that it has temporarily disabled shipment creations for Fulfilment By Amazon (FBA) sellers across all but a few key categories until 5 April 2020, and it has taken a similar approach with its retail vendors too.

Products in the following categories will still be accepted by Amazon at this time:

  1. Baby Products
  2. Health & Household
  3. Beauty & Personal Care (including personal care appliances)
  4. Grocery
  5. Industrial & Scientific
  6. Pet Supplies

The changes currently apply to the Amazon US and EU marketplaces.

Amazon is prioritizing goods in baby, health and household, beauty and personal care, grocery, industrial and scientific and pet supplies categories, the company says in a support document explaining the new limitations. Products outside of these categories that are already in Amazon’s fulfillment centers, or that are on their way to those facilities ahead of March 17, can still be sold through the platform.

According to Amazon:

“We are temporarily prioritising 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 consumers.”

This suspension will allow Amazon to prioritize shipment of “household staples, medical supplies, and other high-demand products” the company said in a support document on its website.

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