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Amazon stops “lower priority” orders in France and Italy

It is hygiene or basic products for the home that will take priority, as is already the case in the United States.

Amazon is reviewing its policy at this time of the new coronavirus pandemic. The American giant announced, Saturday, March 21, stop taking orders deemed “lower priority” on its French and Italian sites. Objective: focus on the most requested products. “We must focus the available capacity on the highest priority items and, as of today, temporarily stop taking orders on certain lower priority products on Amazon.fr and Amazon.it”, wrote the group in a statement.

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“Employees of our distribution centers will focus on receiving and shipping the products customers need most today”, continues the specialist in online sales. It is hygiene or basic products for the home that will take priority, as is already the case in the United States. This only applies to new orders: those that have already been placed will be honored.

This new policy applies to products ordered directly from Amazon or from third-party sellers who instruct Amazon to store and ship the goods. Other third-party sellers who do not go through Amazon logistics are not affected. The group stresses that “customers can continue to order many of these products from third-party sellers who can ship them directly”.

Amazon warehouse workers are mobilizing. They denounce insufficient security conditions. The world leader in online sales puts pressure on them “unacceptable”, according to the Minister of Economy by refusing to pay employees who wish to assert their right of withdrawal.

Friday, in Bouches-du-Rhône, employees, contractors of Amazon, blocked the entrance to a warehouse to request the closure. “There have been five cases of coronavirus reported in the depot. We did not have the necessary sanitary equipment. Despite the reported cases, we continue to work”, lamented an employee. According to management, there would be no case of Covid-19 on the site, but that is not enough to reassure the deliverers, who feel that they are not sufficiently protected.

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