SEATTLE (VINnews) — As a result of the sharp increase in online shopping due to Coronavirus fears, Amazon is seeing basic houselhold items quickly sell out.
In response to that, Amazon has decided to limit its sellers to replenish their stock at Amazon fulfillment centers with high demand products only.
In addition, Amazon announced that they will be increasing their workforce by 100,000 to increase capacity.
The following is an email that was sent out by Amazon to their seller network:
We are closely monitoring the developments of COVID-19 and its impact on our customers, selling partners, and employees.
We are seeing increased online shopping, and as a result some products such as household staples and medical supplies are out of stock. With this in mind, we are temporarily prioritizing household staples, medical supplies, and other high-demand products coming into our fulfillment centers so that we can more quickly receive, restock, and deliver these products to customers.
For products other than these, we have temporarily disabled shipment creation. We are taking a similar approach with retail vendors.
This will be in effect today through April 5, 2020, and we will let you know once we resume regular operations. Shipments created before today will be received at fulfillment centers.
You can learn more about this on this [Help page 36](https://sellercentral.amazon.com/gp/help/GF37V7QBB8WSVF43). Please note that Selling Partner Support does not have further guidance.
We understand this is a change to your business, and we did not take this decision lightly. We are working around the clock to increase capacity and [yesterday announced 8](https://blog.aboutamazon.com/operations/amazon-opening-100000-new-roles) that we are opening 100,000 new full- and part-time positions in our fulfillment centers across the US.
We appreciate your understanding as we prioritize the above products for our customers.
Thank you for your patience, and for participating in FBA.