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Amazon to only accept shipments of high-demand goods at warehouses for next 3 weeks

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Posted at 12:47 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 12:57:38-04

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon said Tuesday that it will only accept shipments of cleaning equipment, medical supplies and household goods from suppliers at its warehouses for next three weeks to fill surging demand of those items.

The online retailer has been sold out of items like disinfecting wipes and toilet paper as the new coronavirus spreads and more people shop online at home.

Amazon said the restrictions will last until April 5.

The limits apply to large vendors and third-party sellers, who list items to sell on Amazon.com directly.

An Amazon spokeswoman sent the following statement over the restrictions to Reuters reporter David Shepardson.

“We are seeing increased online shopping and as a result some products such as household staples and medical supplies are out of stock. With this in mind, we are temporarily prioritizing household staples, medical supplies, and other high-demand products coming into our fulfillment centers so we can more quickly receive, restock, and deliver these products to customers. We understand this is a change for our selling partners and appreciate their understanding as we temporarily prioritize these products for customers.”