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Technology Amazon stops taking orders for some non-essentials in France and Italy

00:15  23 march  2020
00:15  23 march  2020 Source:   engadget.com

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Amazon is taking dramatic steps to prioritize orders in areas hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The online retailer told Reuters in a statement that it would temporarily stop taking orders for " some non - essential products" in France and Italy to help Amazon warehouses focus on more vital

"We will temporarily stop taking orders on some non - essential products on Amazon .it and Amazon .fr," Amazon .com said in a statement. The world's largest online retailer said consumers in Italy and France can still order non - essential products from sellers on Amazon who do not use

Amazon is taking dramatic steps to prioritize orders in areas hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The online retailer told Reuters in a statement that it would temporarily stop taking orders for "some non-essential products" in France and Italy to help Amazon warehouses focus on more vital deliveries. The company didn't say just what it was stopping, but it believes essentials include groceries, health products, household items, personal care, industrial goods, scientific products and pet supplies.

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The move reflected a spike in demand from people staying at home, according to Amazon. It also reflected a need to respect anti-coronavirus safety precautions, the company said. The restrictions only affect sales fulfilled through Amazon. You can still buy non-essentials through Amazon in France and Italy if they're fulfilled through third parties.

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"We will temporarily stop taking orders on some non - essential products on Amazon .it and Amazon .fr," Amazon .com said in a statement. The world's largest online retailer said consumers in Italy and France can still order non - essential products from sellers on Amazon who do not use

"We will temporarily stop taking orders on some non - essential products on Amazon .it and Amazon .fr," Amazon .com said in a statement. The world's largest online retailer said consumers in Italy and France can still order non - essential products from sellers on Amazon who do not use

This is an escalation for Amazon, which just days earlier restricted supply deliveries to its US and European warehouses. Now, the company is outright limiting customers' options. Not that it necessarily had much choice. Coronavirus infection rates have been disproportionately high in France and Italy, prompting effective lockdowns. If Amazon and other online retailers can't cope with the volume of orders, daily life in affected countries could suffer.

Reuters

EXCLUSIVE-Amazon.com to stop shipping non-essentials to consumers in Italy and France .
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/AMAZON-SHIPPING (UPDATE 1, EXCLUSIVE):EXCLUSIVE-Amazon.com to stop shipping non-essentials to consumers in Italy and France , according to an announcement the company published in Chinese on the WeChat social media platform on Saturday. © Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images The Amazon logo is projected on a screen at a press conference in New York on September 28, 2011. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduced a line of four new Kindle products, the Kindle Fire tablet, the Kindle Touch 3G, the Kindle Touch and a new lighter and smaller Kindle.

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