Even the e-tail giant Amazon is feeling the bite of the coronavirus-induced panic that, together with the virus, is spreading all over the world.
In a blog post that was shared on Friday and updated throughout the weekend, the Seattle-based retailer wrote that not only had delays in its prime delivery service occurred, but also a lack of household clips – including hand sanitizers and Toilet paper – in the midst of the spread of COVID-19.
“In particular, you will find that some popular brands and items are currently out of stock, especially in the household clip categories. You will also find that some of our delivery promises are longer than usual, ”read a post on day one, Amazon's official blog. "We work with our sales partners around the clock to ensure the availability of all of our products and to provide additional capacity to deliver all of your orders."
Many customers have turned to e-commerce rather than shopping in stores as disease control and prevention centers warn that the disease is known to spread through person-to-person contact. The e-tail company added in its post that the number of buyers who shop online has increased. Prime Fresh members of Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods Market have the option to select "Unattended Delivery" when checking out to avoid contact with others.
Amazon also said it had "worked to ensure that no one artificially raised the price of basic necessities during the pandemic" and was "blocking or removing tens of thousands of items" that violated its sales policy.
Along with the announcement, Amazon advised all global employees working in a role that can be done from home to do so by the end of March. It also said it offers flexible planning options for employees who stay at home, as well as paid free time for those who have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, which infected more than 3,800 people and killed at least 68 people in the U.S.
The company also announced that it was launching the Amazon Relief Fund – with an initial contribution of $ 25 million to support its delivery partners and their drivers, as well as other employees who are experiencing financial problems during the outbreak. (Each applicant can receive between $ 400 and $ 5,000.)
"In the future, this fund will support our employees and contractors around the world who are facing financial difficulties due to other qualifying events such as natural disasters, a federal emergency or an unforeseen personal emergency," added Amazon.
It also shared the launch of a $ 5 million grant to small businesses: The Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund would support businesses in the Seattle region – with fewer than 50 employees or less than $ 7 million in annual sales – that faced with economic challenges, provide cash to COVID-19.
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