Amazon has asked its third-party merchants that it is "temporarily prioritizing" stocking up medical supplies and household staples following a surge in demand for such products following the coronavirus outbreak.
This week, Amazon announced that it is suspending warehouse shipments from independent merchants in order to prioritize medical supplies, household staples, and high-demand products during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The online retailer has said it will increase pay for its staff in the UK, US and Europe until the end of April.
It said: "We understand this is a change for our selling partners and appreciate their understanding as we temporarily prioritise these products for customers".
Amazon continued: "For products other than these, we have temporarily disabled shipment creation". Click the link to confirm your subscription and begin receiving our newsletters.
Specifically, the categories Amazon is counting as priorities are: baby products, health & household, beauty & personal care, grocery, industrial & scientific and pet supplies.
Earlier this week, the company annoyed that it is hiring an additional 100,000 warehouse and delivery workers. It's just that pretty soon such non-essential items might run out of stock or you'll have to get them directly from the seller, not through Amazon delivery.
What's staying home: "nonessential items", which means anything from USB cords to the Amazon coat.
Among the items that suppliers and third-party sellers can ship to Amazon include canned beans, diapers, dog food, disinfecting wipes, medical supplies and household goods.
This halt on shipments applies to sellers who use Amazon's storage and delivery network for a fixed fee, through Fulfillment by Amazon, as well as vendors who wholesale their products to Amazon, who then resells them at a markup, according to Business Insider.
Last week, Amazon tweaked to its time-off policy for hourly workers, telling them they could take as much time off as they wanted in March, although they would only be paid if they had earned time off. Currently, Amazon pays $15 per hour for entry-level jobs in its fulfillment centers.