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Amazon suspends shipments of non-essential items to warehouses amid coronavirus-related shortages

Amazon suspends shipments of non-essential items to warehouses amid coronavirus-related shortages
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On Tuesday, delivery giant Amazon announced that it would be partially suspending shipments of non-essential items to its warehouses through April 5 in order to handle the shortages of certain products due to the coronavirus. 

Amazon released the news on its SellerCentral website in a short and sweet message.  

"We are seeing increased online shopping and as a result some products such as household staples and medical supplies are out of stock. With this in mind, we are temporarily prioritizing household staples, medical supplies and other high-demand products coming into our fulfillment centers so that we can more quickly receive, restock, and ship these products to customers.

For products other than these, we have temporarily disabled shipment creation. We are taking a similar approach with retail vendors.

This will be in effect today through April 5, 2020, and we will let you know once we resume regular operations. Shipments created before today will be received at fulfillment centers."

Amazon recently admitted to shortages of in-demand products because of the coronavirus, such as disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer, and its quick response reflects how bleak the outcome of this pandemic appears to be. Stringent "shelter-in-place" and social distancing recommendations have been made in order to curve the impact of the virus on the population and the public health system. 

Amazon opens 100,00 new jobs across the U.S. 

Amazon has also announced that, to meet the surge in demand of essentials during this time, it's opening 100,000 new full and part-time positions across the United States. The new normal for now is having the elderly and immuno-suppressed - those who are more likely to be severely affected by COVID-19 - to stay at home as much as possible. That means getting them what they need in a more timely way. 

These jobs will also likely help many who have recently found themselves without a job because of the coronavirus outbreak. Current employees will be getting an additional $2 per hour worked through April. If an Amazon employee is placed into quarantine, the company assures that the individual will receive up to two weeks of pay while away from work.

Living in the time of the coronavirus

As most of us hunker down and keep our distance from others, there are some things we can do to make sure we're in the best shape while away from the gym. Check out the best home gyms, or even the best exercise bikes. Need some entertainment for you or your kids? The best movie and TV streaming sites can help. However you choose to pass the time, doctors and scientists agree - just stay home. 

Sophie is a born and bred New Yorker who, paradoxically, loves being in the great outdoors. Her favorite pastimes include running, baking, and writing. She also spends her time volunteering and leading volunteer projects with the Good+ Foundation and Achilles International when not providing information on the best deals, products, and services on the internet to TopTenReviews readers.