The COVID-19 outbreak has changed the way many things work. What happens after the mandatory quarantine and social distancing are over is still unclear. Meanwhile, people are making the most of delivery services like Amazon, trying to stay inside and follow the guidelines.
But is Amazon even shipping now? And if so, have there been any changes? The answer is yes, to both. You can still order from Amazon, but the shipping will be delayed a bit. The company has addressed its customers and sellers to explain the situation further.
Amazon has made it clear that they are continuing with all of their shipping activities. So, as before, you can place your order, and Amazon will deliver it. But there are two significant changes to the shipping policy.
The first change has to do with Amazon’s relationship with its selling partners. It applies to those who sell to Amazon in bulk and those who only use its warehouses for shipping. Amazon is currently only accepting the essential household orders which fit into these six categories:
Most Amazon partners are now shipping the non-essential items on their own. But Amazon is making it their priority to have fully stocked warehouses with the essentials that are high in demand. Amazon is still delivering all of the non-essential items as well, but they’re not accepting anymore from other sellers.
The second significant difference is the estimated time for Amazon deliveries. When you’re buying through Amazon, you will see that the delivery times have been updated on the product detail and the checkout pages.
How long will it take for the package to arrive will depend on many factors, so make sure that the estimated delivery fits into your plans. Also, this change affects Prime and Non-prime users identically.