Amazon on Monday confirmed that it's significantly delaying US deliveries of nonessential items, as part of its effort to get more medical supplies and household staples to its customers during the pandemic. According to product listings on its website, some of these shipments will be delayed by as much as a month.
Last week,it started prioritizing shipments of essential items into its warehouses to allow it to stock and ship them faster. Those items include baby formula, medical supplies, household basics and sanitizers. New shipments of all other items were temporarily banned.
The latest move should help the world's largest e-commerce company keepless clogged. It's responding to a huge spike in demand from millions of US residents asked to stay home to prevent the spread of the pathogen.
"To serve our customers while also helping to ensure the safety of our associates, we've changed our logistics, transportation, supply chain, purchasing, and third-party seller processes to prioritize stocking and delivering items that are a higher priority for our customers," an Amazon spokesperson said Monday. "This has resulted in some of our delivery promises being longer than usual."
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