As Amazon orders surge, coronavirus delays deliveries and threatens to put sellers out of business. Millions of people are told to stay indoors amid coronavirus scares and grocery store shelves empty, Amazon is facing an unprecedented surge in online orders that’s causing delivery delays and certain items to run out of stock.
Despite several workers testing positive for COVID-19, its 110 U.S. warehouses largely remain open as it works to meet customer needs. Amazon is also hiring 100,000 new workers and halting the intake of any inventory besides high-demand products like household staples and medical supplies.
For many of Amazon’s third-party sellers, this means a complete halt in business, while others face challenges as inventory is stuck in China.