It looks like the situation is quite tense in the US and the people are quite afraid of the COVID-19 outbreak. Because we have already seen that people have been stocking up food items and household supplies for the next month. But now the situation is about to get even worse as Amazon, the biggest US retailer, has announced that it is out of stock with household items. This means that Amazon’s warehouses have been emptied and the company can’t import items so people can no longer rely on Amazon for household items.
Apart from that, it was already announced by Amazon that delays will be there due to the high number of orders as people are ordering online for most parts. Once again, Amazon says that orders will be delayed than what is the norm because of the huge surge in online shopping recently. Now, the company says that the orders for Amazon Prime customers will also be delayed largely. Amazon says that some of the products in its “household staples” categories will remain out of stock as well.
The company adds that “In the short term this is having an impact on how we serve our customers,”. “We are working around the clock with our selling partners to ensure availability on all of our products, and bring on the additional capacity to deliver all of your orders.”
Apart from that, Amazon marketplace also has a notice which reads that “Inventory and delivery may be temporarily unavailable due to increased demand. Confirm availability at checkout.” which is to tell the sellers on Amazon regarding high demand and low stock. Also, it is seen that most of the orders regarding toilet paper and bottled water along with sanitizers and soaps were out of stock. This is also due to the fact that Amazon removed many listings due to price gouging.