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The new policy is only one facet of Amazon’s sweeping response to the coronavirus outbreak. The retail giant announced yesterday that it would also be hiring an additional 100,000 workers in the US to meet rising demand, and would temporarily raise pay for all employees in the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom by at least $2 an hour through the end of April. Over 125,000 people already work in Amazon fulfillment centers in North America. Last week, the company expanded its sick leave policy, and set up a relief fund that aims to provide an initial $25 million to independent delivery drivers and seasonal workers affected by the pandemic.

For now, Amazon is still delivering nonessential products that are already stocked in its warehouses. It just won’t accept replenishments from vendors and sellers for the next three weeks. If you want to purchase, say, a hula hoop, you’ll still get it as long as Amazon has them in stock. Third-party sellers can also continue taking orders, but can no longer rely on Fulfilled by Amazon, the retail giant’s service for storing, packaging, and shipping. Around 94 percent of Amazon merchants use FBA for at least some orders, while 64 percent exclusively rely on the service, according to the analytics firm Jungle Scout, which tracks data for Amazon sellers. (source).

Last update on 2020-09-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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