E-Land Technology Driven E-commerce was informed that on the morning of March 26th, Beijing time, according to foreign media reports, Amazon extended the closing time of a warehouse dedicated to returns. Previously, three workers were positive for new crown virus. It is the first known example of the online retailer's indefinite idle facility in the United States in response to this pandemic.
Earlier, employees at the warehouse expressed their concerns that they should not return to work at the risk of infection or spread of disease to handle returned sneakers and watches.
It is reported that during the shift of a warehouse worker in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, on Monday night, workers in the warehouse were informed that the new crown virus test was positive. To protect employees, the warehouse will be closed for 48 hours for intensive daily deep cleaning. On Wednesday night, hours before the first workers planned to return to work, the company also notified that the warehouse would continue to be closed for more cleaning, but employees would still be paid. It is reported that once the opening date is determined, Amazon will contact these workers to return to work.
Shepherdsville's specialized warehouse is geared towards sneakers, watches and T-shirts. According to people familiar with the FBA network, other similar specialized warehouses are located throughout the United States from Southern California to Georgia, making it difficult to readjust their functions to store those priority necessities.
For some Shepherdsville workers, the idea of reopening a warehouse to handle returns is dangerous. An employee said in an interview: "It is understandable if it is for medical supplies and food, but this is not the case for us." "Do people in isolation really need to put on their new shoes at home?" ? "
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos acknowledged in an email to employees last weekend that during a pandemic, hundreds of thousands of employees would not be able to work like white-collar colleagues who can work from home, they would have to stick to their posts and face The challenge of the virus. "We are providing vital services to people around the world, especially those most vulnerable to the outbreak, such as the elderly," Bezos wrote. "People depend on our services."
Amazon says it is following local public health guidelines to serve businesses that remained open during the virus pandemic. In some states that have ordered large-scale closures, such as New York, Amazon's warehouses are not subject to closure orders because of their important role in the U.S. supply chain.
So far, the Shepherdsville warehouse is an exception. A state economic development agency states that the warehouse employs about 2,000 people and is built around a large returns department. In the warehouse, employees work back-to-back, open the boxes, check that the returns from the truck meet their descriptions on the computer screen, and then wipe off shoes and clothes with alcohol and other cleaners. Managers have removed some employees from the work pipeline this week, leaving more space for left-behind employees and keeping them 6 feet away from each other in accordance with federal guidelines to slow the spread of the virus.
Before the Shepherdsville warehouse was suddenly closed, management taped the tape to the floor every six feet. The tape reminded staff not to stand too close to prevent the virus from spreading. Despite these measures, 10 employees interviewed by the media said the warehouse should be closed.