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Amazon suspends shipping on all non-essential products to warehouses

Last updated on March 23, 2020

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Amazon will stop receiving “nonessential products” in its warehouses in the U.S. and U.K. amid the coronavirus pandemic in order to make extra room for high-demand supplies that are currently in short supply.

Products deemed essential are grocery, baby products, beauty and personal care, industrial and scientific, and pet supplies. The changes will remain in place until April 5.

Amazon said in a note to sellers that household staples and medical supplies are running out and it wants to prioritize these items to be able to “quickly receive, restock, and ship these products to customers.”

Any sellers that don’t have products in these categories will be unable to restock on Amazon until after April 5.

Amazon also announced on Monday that it would be hiring 100,000 new workers and raising pay to $17 an hour from it’s usual rate of $15 through the end of April.

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