According to foreign media reports, Amazon issued a warning recently that its Prime Express service is experiencing delays due to the continued spread of the new coronavirus epidemic, and inventory of many commonly used household items is about to run out.
Amazon said in a blog post that the problems were due to “the rapid increase in people shopping online and resulting in longer delivery times than usual.” Many popular brands and household essentials have been sold out, including toilet paper and bottles. Water etc.
Amazon’s usually fast same-day and next-day delivery options also show signs of delay. After adding the item to the shopping basket, Amazon said the order would arrive within four days.
Amazon currently has more than 150 million paid Prime members worldwide. Recently, the company increased its investment in same-day services, spending $ 1.5 billion to expand the service last year’s holiday shopping season. But during the outbreak of the new coronavirus, Amazon encountered logistics challenges in delivery.
It is unclear to what extent this delay was due to employees choosing to take vacations. According to media reports, Amazon temporarily changed the attendance policy of warehouse workers, allowing them to apply for unlimited pay leave for the rest of March.
Amazon tries to curb abuses related to the new coronavirus on its platform, removes millions of products that make false claims, deletes hundreds of thousands of alleged price fraud transactions, and bans raising masks and hand sanitizers Sellers with high demand for product prices.
Amazon has offered two weeks’ compensation to employees who have been isolated or diagnosed with the new coronavirus, including its part-time warehouse workers. In addition, the company set up a $ 25 million bailout fund to help support contractors and gig workers affected by the new coronavirus.