Amazon Suspends Nonessential Shipments to Fulfillment Warehouses

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The effects of the COVID-19 crisis have made a large impact on Amazon’s fulfillment services around the country. On March 17, Amazon announced to all of its current sellers and vendors that they are suspending shipments of nonessential products to their warehouses through April 5.

The increased workloads as a result of the coronavirus outbreak have caused Amazon to prioritize deliveries of medical supplies, household staples, and other high demand products to their fulfillment centers. Although they will still be able to provide last-mile deliveries for consumers, this new change is dramatically affecting eCommerce businesses.

New eCommerce Purchasing Trends

This is an issue because recent purchasing trends have reflected an increase in sales for eCommerce businesses focusing on areas like electronics, swimwear, beauty, and even home workout clothing and equipment during this current shelter in place.

In many areas around the country, nonessential businesses have been suspended, and consumers are looking for alternatives to their everyday routines. Beauty salons, gyms, and clothing stores are temporarily shut down and sending customers online for products and services. As more and more people spend time at home, this trend will most likely continue to increase as will the demand for merchandise. 

Sellers and vendors that are a part of the “Fulfillment by Amazon” program will no longer have a place to store their incoming inventory despite the increase in online shopping. Many companies have gone back to the lesser-preferred self-fulfillment model. They are storing their large amounts of merchandise on their own and attempting to deal with the overwhelming pressure to achieve expedited delivery times.

Fulfillment Solutions for Amazon Sellers

As a result of these new challenges, business owners are looking at alternative eCommerce fulfillment services like those offered at Rakuten Super Logistics. Despite the difficulties many industries are dealing with because of the coronavirus pandemic, Rakuten Super Logistics is still running 15 distribution centers across the country. The RSL team continues to deliver on its 100% fulfillment accuracy guarantee and is ensuring packages are arriving on time.

In the wake of Amazon’s decision to suspend nonessential shipments, sellers and vendors will be turning elsewhere to solve their storage and eCommerce fulfillment needs. Rakuten Super Logistics is ready and willing to receive all of those orders and resolve these shipping and storage issues.

Rakuten Super Logistics (RSL) is a national leader in eCommerce order fulfillment and freight brokerage. RSL’s nationwide network of 15 US fulfillment centers allows leading eCommerce retailers to reduce shipping costs, improve order accuracy, decrease shipping times, and increase customer satisfaction. 

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Contact us to request a quote and learn more about partnering with RSL to fulfill your eCommerce shipping needs. 

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