Amazon Limits Shipments to Its Warehouses to Essential Products Only
Amazon has sent an email to sellers to let them know that it is blocking shipments of non-essential products to its warehouses in response to the significant increase in orders due to coronarvirus. Amazon told sellers it will only accept shipments of “household staples, medical supplies, and other high-demand products” to its warehouse until April 5th.
That means sellers who use Fulfillment by Amazon can no longer ship non-essential products to Amazon. This doesn’t affect direct shipments of those products to consumers. Amazon is now prioritizing shipment in the following six categories: baby product; health & household (including personal care appliances); beauty & personal care; grocery; industrial & scientific; pet supplies.
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 says 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.