Amazon.com will cease the delivery of non-essential products to shoppers in Italy and France, the corporate stated Saturday, representing an escalation in the e-commerce titan’s response in areas hard hit by the COVID-19 outbreak.
An Amazon spokesman stated the corporate made the choice because of a hike in orders and the need to respect anti-coronavirus safety steps in the workplace.
Amazon considers baby products, health and household items, magnificence and personal care, groceries and industrial, scientific, and pet supplies as essential products.
The world’s biggest online retailer stated customers in Italy and France can nonetheless order non-essential products from sellers on Amazon who do not use Amazon logistics to satisfy and ship orders, but deliveries might take longer.
Over 274,800 folks have been infected with COVID-19 globally and 11,389 have died, based on a Reuters tally. In Italy, the death count surged by 18.4% Friday, reaching 4,032. France booked 78 new deaths on Friday, reaching a tally of 450.
The step comes on the heels of actions Amazon took Tuesday when it stated it will only receive crucial supplies at its U.S. and UK and other European warehouses until April 5 to free up inventory space for medical and household items.
The statement was released to China-based sellers who may see their companies experiencing a blow. Chinese sellers account for 45% of active sellers on Amazon.fr, and 44% on Amazon.it, based on data from Marketplace Pulse, an e-commerce research agency.