Amazon took a dramatic step today help it quickly restock critical supplies. Effective today all inbound FBA orders (except for groceries, household supplies and medical products) would be paused until April 5th. In addition, Amazon has suspended all new purchase orders for all 1P customers, except for the same critical group of items.
This pause will impact brands across multiple categories; everything from clothing and office to sporting goods and electronics. Grocery, base household supplies, and most medical products are unaffected.
Yeoman considers this a smart move by Amazon. We have seen a dramatic shift in consumables and grocery buying on the site, with some categories up 500% vs prior week. Putting basics at the top of the list helps Amazon get products out to quickly and offset some of the stockouts that are being seen around the US.
"We understand this is a change to your business, and we did not take this decision lightly," Amazon said in its announcement, and said