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Amazon to halt shipping of nonessential products to patrons in Italy, France



Amazon is suspending shipments of nonessential items to its warehouses in Italy and France, the company announced Saturday. 

The company, which suspended shipments of nonessential items in the U.S. and Britain on Tuesday, told the wire service that the move came due to a spike in orders and the need to respect coronavirus precautions and safety measures in the workplaces.

“As customers use e-commerce to support their social distancing efforts, we too have implemented social distancing guidance within our fulfillment centers to keep our employees safe and healthy,” the company said in a statement to The Hill. “This combination means we must focus our available capacity on the highest priority items, and effective today, we will temporarily stop taking orders on some lower priority products on Amazon.it and Amazon.fr.”

Amazon considers the following “essential” products: baby products; health and household items; beauty and personal care; groceries; and industrial, scientific, and pet supplies.

The halt in unessential shipments in the aforementioned countries is in effect until April 5. 

Amazon did not immediately respond to an inquiry from The Hill.

Limiting nonessential items is just one step Amazon has taken in response to increased demand for products to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. 

On Monday, Amazon announced it is planning to hire about 100,000 new employees.

The company also plans to raise wages from $15 to $17 per hour for workers at American locations. 

As of Saturday evening there are over 300,000 confirmed cases of the virus and nearly 13,000 deaths reported worldwide, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University. 



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