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Amazon Is Prioritizing Essential Products as Online Orders Spike

  • Online retailer doesn’t want warehouses cluttered with sofas
  • Merchants can still sell products that they ship on their own
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Amazon Struggles to Keep Up With Demand Driven by Coronavirus
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Amazon.com Inc. is prioritizing the stocking of household staples and medical supplies as it struggles to deal with a surge in demand for online orders from customers avoiding stores during the coronavirus pandemic.

The world’s biggest online retailer said in a blog post updated on Tuesday morning that it was making the move “so we can more quickly receive, restock, and ship these products to customers.” The aim is to keep warehouses stocked with the items people are buying now -- toilet paper, bleach and sanitizing wipes -- so Amazon is temporarily not accepting shipments of non-essential goods like flat-screen televisions and toys.