Amazon Now Only Allows Shipments of Medical Supplies & Household Staples to Its Warehouses
Amazon is blocking sellers from shipping non-essential products to its warehouses. The retail giant has seen a significant increase in orders as people are staying inside and away from physical stores due to the coronarvirus pandemic.
Amazon informed sellers today in an email that it will only accept shipments of “household staples, medical supplies, and other high-demand products” to its warehouse until April 5th to deal with the high demand of those products. That means sellers who use Fulfillment by Amazon, will no longer be able to ship non-essential products. This doesn’t affect direct shipments of those products to consumers.
Amazon said in the email that it’s now prioritizing shipment in the following six categories: baby product; health & household (including personal care appliances); beauty & personal care; grocery; industrial & scientific; pet supplies.
“We are seeing increased online shopping, and as a result some products such as household staples and medical supplies are out of stock,” the email said.
Amazon said similar changes would apply to first-party vendors who wholesale their products too. Unlike third-party sellers who directly sell their products on Amazon’s marketplace, those vendors sell their products to Amazon, who then resells them at a markup.
Business Insider reports that sellers of non-essential goods have seen their sales drop by 40% to 60% on Amazon lately, as shoppers are focusing mainly on essential purchases.