Amazon plans to add fulfillment and distribution center positions to keep up with demand

Amazon senior vice president Jay Carney discusses the company’s plans to add fulfillment and distribution center positions to keep up with demand during the coronavirus outbreak.

Posted: Mar 18, 2020 9:11 AM

Amazon is trying to make more room on its warehouse shelves for essential goods such as household and medical supplies to keep up with the insatiable demand driven by the coronavirus outbreak.

An Amazon spokesperson said online shopping has surged as coronavirus spreads, and it is out of stock on some household staples and medical supplies. On Saturday, the company said some shipment times could be longer than usual.

With this in mind, we are temporarily prioritizing household staples, medical supplies and other high-demand products coming into our fulfillment centers so we can more quickly receive, restock and ship these products to customers,” the spokesperson said.

Third-party sellers, which make up nearly 60% of the Amazon marketplace, will also be subject to the new rules. Those sellers can choose to use Amazon’s distribution network rather than shipping goods out themselves — allowing them to take advantage of, for example, Amazon’s two-day shipping.

When third-party sellers on the platform use Amazon’s shipping and fulfillment services, they send their goods to an Amazon warehouse and they are delivered by the company from there.

The company’s Tuesday announcement means there will be a change in what kinds of products those third-party sellers can send to warehouses to be shipped out by Amazon.

The change is expected to be in effect from March 17 through April 5.


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