Exclusive: Amazon.com to stop shipping non-essentials to consumers in Italy and France
(Reuters) – Amazon.com will stop shipping non-essential merchandise to consumers in Italy and France, the corporate mentioned on Saturday, representing an escalation in the e-commerce big’s response in areas onerous hit by the coronavirus outbreak.
FILE PHOTO: The emblem of Amazon is seen on the firm logistics middle in Lauwin-Planque, northern France, March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
An Amazon spokesman mentioned the corporate made the choice due to a spike in orders and the necessity to respect anti-coronavirus security measures in the workplaces.
“We will temporarily stop taking orders on some non-essential products on Amazon.it and Amazon.fr,” Amazon.com mentioned in an announcement. “This lets fulfillment center associates focus on receiving and shipping the products customers need most at this time.”
Amazon considers child merchandise; well being and home items; magnificence and private care; groceries; and industrial, scientific, and pet provides as important merchandise.
The world’s largest on-line retailer mentioned consumers in Italy and France can nonetheless order non-essential merchandise from sellers on Amazon who don’t use Amazon logistics to fulfill and ship orders, however deliveries might take longer.
More than 274,800 folks have been contaminated with coronavirus the world over and 11,389 have died, in accordance to a Reuters tally. In Italy, the dying toll rose by 18.four% on Friday, reaching four,032. France reported 78 new deaths on Friday, reaching a complete of 450.
Both nations have introduced lock down orders to gradual the unfold of the virus.
The transfer comes on the heels of actions Amazon took on Tuesday when it mentioned it can solely obtain important provides at its U.S. and UK and different European warehouses till April 5 to unlock stock house for medical and family items.
“Effective immediately, Amazon will stop receiving FBA (fulfillment by Amazon) orders from customers on non-essential products on its Italy (Amazon.it) and France (Amazon.fr) site, so that operations employees can focus on fulfilling and delivering on the orders that consumers need the most now,” in accordance to a message Amazon.com despatched to Chinese sellers over the WeChat social media platform.
The announcement was made to China-based sellers who may even see their companies taking a success. Chinese sellers account for 45% of energetic sellers on Amazon.fr, and 44% on Amazon.it, in accordance to information from Marketplace Pulse, an e-commerce analysis agency.
Reporting by Krystal Hu in New York; Additional reporting by Elvira Pollina in Milan; Editing by Kenneth Li, Vanessa O’Connell and Chris Reese