E-Land Technology Driven E-commerce was informed that according to foreign media reports, starting this week, Amazon will slowly increase the variety of products that can be shipped to its warehouses, relaxing the restrictions they set in March. Earlier Amazon said that during the epidemic they gave priority to the stock of medical supplies, groceries and pet food and other necessities.
Amazon said in an email statement: "Later this week, we will allow more types of goods to enter the distribution center. The number of products will be limited, allowing us to continue to give priority to guarantee the distribution of essential goods, and to employees Protection, and we will also ensure that most sales partners can ship the goods to our warehouse. "Amazon currently focuses on the supply of essential goods, temporarily sacrificing the product category. During the epidemic, Amazon gave priority to guarantee the distribution of commodities such as toilet paper, disinfectant water and disinfectant wipes, and the distribution of commodities like TVs and toys was delayed.
More than half of all products sold on the Amazon platform come from independent merchants. These merchants sell products on Amazon. For each product sold, they have to pay Amazon a commission. In addition, they also need to pay warehousing, Packing and distribution costs. Due to the changes in consumer demand caused by the epidemic, businesses selling essential goods have ushered in significant sales growth, while businesses selling non-essential goods have seen their sales decline sharply.
Although Amazon no longer accepts new orders for non-essential items, many Amazon warehouse workers across the United States say they still need to distribute non-essential items such as bed sheets and books, and sort the returned items. This situation has also triggered tensions between workers and companies. Some workers said they believe Amazon should further restrict the categories of products it sells to better protect warehouse employees. So far, dozens of employees have been infected with the new coronavirus, and Amazon ’s warehouses in New York, Chicago, and Detroit have also witnessed worker protests.
Online retail research organization Stackline's data restrictions, in March this year, the fastest-growing products on the Amazon platform are groceries and household items, bread machines, home fitness equipment and computer monitors. The sales volume of luggage, cameras and party supplies dropped sharply last month.
Italy, France and other countries extend the blockade period to May
At the time of Easter, at least 10 countries announced the extension of the current embargo measures aimed at responding to the outbreak.
French President Macron announced on Monday an extension of the blockade order for nearly a month, until May 11. The blockade measures were originally scheduled to expire on April 15. Macron said that the injunction has seen results and the spread of the epidemic has begun to slow, but the fight against the epidemic has not yet won. By May 11th, France will be able to perform virus testing for everyone, and schools and nurseries will be able to reopen gradually. It is worth mentioning that from May 8th to 10th, it happened that France's World War II victory day was superimposed on weekends.
Italian Prime Minister Conte also delivered a national television speech, announcing an extension of the blockade for three weeks until May 3. He said that this is a difficult and necessary decision, otherwise, the first stage of success in the fight against the epidemic may be lost.
Both Ireland and Greece announced an extension of the blockade until May.
The Spanish state of emergency will be extended for at least two weeks until 0:00 on April 26. Prime Minister Sanchez said on the 12th: "We have not entered the demotion stage. The state of emergency and blockade measures are still in effect. The only thing that ended is the two-week period of extreme economic hibernation."
Some industries in Spain are "resuming work" this week, mainly factories and construction sites. Sanchez said that despite the relaxation of restrictions on the return of non-essential workers, Spain is still blocked.
Hungary announced that it will extend the travel restrictions issued indefinitely, but it will evaluate once a week to decide whether to continue the extension.
Dutch Prime Minister Rutte said on the 9th that the government will "gradually lift relevant bans", but the possibility of returning to normal life before April 28 is "almost zero." He called on the Dutch people to continue to insist.
Outside Europe, some countries such as the Middle East and Asia have also announced extensions of the blockade period.
The Jordanian government announced that the national blockade measures will be extended until the end of April. The measures of "closing the city" in three places including the Nigerian capital were extended for two weeks. Kazakhstan decided to extend the state of emergency until the end of April. South Africa announced the "blockade order" for another two weeks until the end of April.
Although the governments of New Zealand and Australia have not announced an extension of the blockade, both countries have stated that it is still too early to relax social distance measures or resume work.
New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern will decide whether to extend the blockade and emergency order next Monday (20th). The country ’s blockade order will expire on April 22. An investigation revealed that nearly two-thirds of the people are willing to extend the blockade for two weeks, and some strongly support the curfew at 10 pm.
Indian Prime Minister Modi intends to extend the nationwide "closed city" measures for two weeks, which will end at midnight on Tuesday. Modi will deliver a national television speech at 12:30 pm Beijing time on Tuesday. The number of confirmed cases and deaths in the country has soared recently.
World Health Organization Secretary-General Tan Desai previously warned that premature relaxation of restrictions may cause another outbreak.
Deutsche Bank ’s macro strategist Luke Templeman team said last week that based on Hubei ’s experience, the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom are unlikely to lift the blockade in April as originally planned by the government, at least until May.