Amazon COVID-19 eCommerce

Amazon Restricts FBA Shipments, Hires More Warehouse Workers

by Jenny Ayres

It’s an uncertain time for Amazon FBA sellers. A notice posted today states that Amazon is temporarily prioritizing household staples, medical supplies and other high demand products, and restricting shipments of products outside of those categories.

Meanwhile, Amazon is also seeking to hire 100,000 workers to help with this surge in orders.

Here’s the full text of Amazon’s notice to Amazon Sellers:

We are closely monitoring the developments of COVID-19 and its impact on our customers, selling partners, and employees.

We are seeing increased online shopping, and as a result some products such as household staples and medical supplies are out of stock. With this in mind, we are temporarily prioritizing household staples, medical supplies, and other high-demand products coming into our fulfillment centers so that we can more quickly receive, restock, and deliver these products to customers.

For products other than these, we have temporarily disabled shipment creation. We are taking a similar approach with retail vendors.

This will be in effect today through April 5, 2020, and we will let you know once we resume regular operations. Shipments created before today will be received at fulfillment centers.

You can learn more about this on this Help page 57. Please note that Selling Partner Support does not have further guidance.

We understand this is a change to your business, and we did not take this decision lightly. We are working around the clock to increase capacity and yesterday announced 12 that we are opening 100,000 new full- and part-time positions in our fulfillment centers across the US.

We appreciate your understanding as we prioritize the above products for our customers.

Thank you for your patience, and for participating in FBA.

Amazon message to FBA sellers restricting shipments

What does this mean for Amazon sellers?

We get that this puts many Amazon sellers in a tough spot, and TaxJar is here to help. Some states, upon recognizing the toll that big disruptions in commerce is taking, have extended the due dates to file sales tax returns.

We’re keeping track of state sales tax extensions due to COVID-19 here.

We’ll also be posting sales tax related updates on our social media accounts, so follow us below for timely updates:

And we also wanted to offer up our sales tax resources in case you should need them at this time:

  • COVID-19 Sales Tax Updates – We’re posting news that affect your sales tax collection and filing here.
  • The TaxJar Blog – find the answers to your most common sales tax questions here.
  • TaxJar Support – find answers to your TaxJar related questions here. And our Customer Support team is standing by to help.

Meanwhile, TaxJar is standing by our customers and partners. Because we already employ a totally remote workforce, our operations have not been disrupted due to COVID-19 measures, and we’re here to help. We know you have a lot of worries on your mind right now, and sales tax shouldn’t be one of them.

From our team to yours, please stay safe and well.

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