■ Amazon will allow non essential stock later this week
Amazon has begun to allow third-party sellers to ship non essential items to Amazon’s warehouses. Amazon spokesman told CNBC that some shipments will be allowed later this week.
Sellers of products unrelated to health, health care and cleaning will be able to send inventory to Amazon later this week, but there will be restrictions on how many items can be shipped to ensure there is enough space for essentials, the Wall Street Journal said.
■ Amazon announced that it will recruit another 75000 employees to cope with the surge in orders
On Monday, Amazon announced that it would recruit another 75000 employees to meet growing demand. In the past month, Amazon has employed more than 100000 full-time and part-time people in its distribution centers and its entire distribution network in the United States. Companies like Wal Mart and CVs health also plan to hire tens of thousands of more workers to cope with increased orders from the outbreak.
■ food preservation products are more popular than ever before
In the past 30 days, the ranking of vacuum food preservation related products on Amazon has changed.
■ sales of fashion clothes are down, but social media participation is on the rise
According to the New York Times, this year, holiday clothing orders are one-fifth of average sales. Sales of festival supplies and club clothes by ASOs, an electronic retailer, have fallen by 20-25% since the start of the megatrend. However, some brands are more involved in social media than in previous years. ASOs’s Facebook users reached 162000 this month, up 64% from April last year.
Under the influence of the epidemic, customers bought less goods and turned their attention to leisure clothes, but the global crisis made them talk more about their favorite brands, including the meaning and background of the brands.
■ the shroud bag is in short supply
The bags could run out, the morgue’s suppliers say they are out of stock, and medical workers say they have been forced to wrap dead patients with coronavirus in sheets, and morgue suppliers everywhere have been unable to source inventory from overseas for weeks. On Monday, a nurse at the University Hospital of West Middlesex in islworth, West London, wrote on Facebook: “we ran out of body bags, but the dead were constantly being transported out of the ward.
■ pet adoption is on the rise in the age of the pandemic
Since the data tracked in 2017, the number of pets adopted from Petsmart has been increasing, and with the outbreak of coronavirus, the number of pets has not slowed down. In just two weeks from February to March, the number of pets adopted by Petsmart increased to 9.23 million. This trend will lead to a wave of shopping frenzy around pets.
■ Amazon has employee infection in over 50 warehouses in the United States
According to foreign media reports, Amazon has infected more than 50 warehouses in the United States, one of which has infected 10 people, but Amazon has only closed a return processing warehouse in Kentucky. Later, a novel coronavirus pneumonia was found in a warehouse at New York’s warehouse on the island of Texas. A strike by warehouse workers triggered a series of protest activities by warehouse workers. Although Amazon later said it would strengthen the inspection and monitoring of warehouse workers, the logistics and distribution problems are still worrying.
■U.S. post office USPS is facing bankruptcy after withdrawing from universal post
USPS may be closed by June 2020. According to the U.S. Postal System Working Group, USPS lost $3.9 billion in fiscal 2018, with a cumulative loss of nearly $70 billion. The post office said: compared with the same period last year, the business fell by nearly a third, and its net operating loss will exceed $22 billion in the next 18 months, and it may run out of cash by September 30. The U.S. Postal Service has obtained $10 billion in loans through the new coronavirus assistance relief and economic security act, but the U.S. government refuses to continue to provide financial support for it in the next round of assistance programs.
■ New Amazon sellers entering or facing video audit
In March of this year, news came out that Amazon will next conduct video audit for new online sellers. According to people familiar with the plan, it is still in the internal testing stage, and Amazon has not released any official information about the plan.