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·         Prime members first: Amazon is ranking customers and ramping up hiring to address coronavirus demand

·         Amazon temporarily closes Kentucky warehouse due to virus

·         Amazon employee tests positive for COVID-19 at Houston-area site

·         Amazon Workers Being Worked Overtime for COVID-19




Prime members first: Amazon is ranking customers and ramping up hiring to address coronavirus demand

Amazon’s inability to deliver household staples such as toilet paper and bleach to many customers has led the company to reduce sales of nonessential items and prioritize shipping to members of its $119-a-year Prime service.


By Jay Greene, The Washington Post

March 24, 2020


SEATTLE — Amazon has added a new measure to try to triage its flood of orders and shortage of goods during the coronavirus pandemic: prioritizing its $119-a-year Prime members.


Now, the company is offering delayed delivery times for non-members of Prime on many nonessential items that are available — such as hair dryers, Tic Tac candies and pill pockets to help dogs take medicine.


The move follows weeks of inability to stock and ship household staples — ranging from toilet paper to hand sanitizer to bleach — at a time when shoppers are more and more reliant on Amazon while they are staying at home to prevent the spread of the virus. Amazon has said it will hire 100,000 workers, limit shipments to its warehouses from its third-party sellers, and restrict orders of “lower-priority shipments” to customers in France and Italy, where the outbreak is particularly acute.


But even Prime members have reported struggles to get many items on time. Prime Now and AmazonFresh grocery delivery spots are nearly impossible to find, and the company even temporarily shut down its Prime Pantry program, which allows customers to fill a box with household items.


The panic buying triggered by the coronavirus was as big an event as Black Friday or Cyber Monday, events for which Amazon would typically spend months planning, said David Glick, a former Amazon logistics executive who now serves as chief technology officer at Flexe, which helps retailers warehouse and deliver goods.


“In this case, the thing you planned for, Cyber Monday, happened overnight,” Glick said. “It was a shock to the system.”


(Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.)


Amazon spokeswoman Keri Bertolino said in a statement that some deliveries have been delayed as the company works to balance customer needs with safety of its workers...


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Amazon temporarily closes Kentucky warehouse due to virus


By Associated Press

via WVLT-TV (TN) - Mar 24, 2020


SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Amazon has temporarily closed a Kentucky warehouse after an unspecified number of workers tested positive for the coronavirus.


The online retailer said Tuesday that the warehouse at Shepherdsville was undergoing “additional sanitization."


Amazon says it is supporting the “individuals who are now in quarantine and recovering." The company says it is following all guidelines from local officials and is...





Amazon employee tests positive for COVID-19 at Houston-area site


KTRK-TV Houston (TX)

Mar 24, 2020


HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- An Amazon employee in Houston is among the hundreds of people who have tested positive for coronavirus, according to the company.


The popular online retailer says the confirmed case is an associate at their Houston delivery station and is a member of the management team. Amazon says the employee is a member of their management team in the distribution center at 31555 US-90 in Brookshire. The company added that the employee is receiving medical care and is in quarantine.


According to Amazon, they have contacted employees at the site and asked for anyone who had close contact with this person to self-quarantine for 14 days...





Amazon Workers Being Worked Overtime for COVID-19

Workers for Amazon and Whole Foods are struggling to keep up with the world’s hectic pace and high grocery demands—and their physical and mental health are paying for it.


Occupational Health & Safety

Mar 23, 2020


As coronavirus spreads across the US, Americans are stockpiling groceries and ordering just about anything online. Many workers for Amazon, and Whole Foods, are being squeezed to keep up with increasing demand from the stockpiling and ordering—and being told that’s just the way it is.


Amazon, as the world’s largest online retailer, also owns Whole Foods, the largest natural foods grocer in the US and fifth largest in the world.


Workers for both groups say their mental and physical health are taking a hit as a result of the high demands, and this is on top of the worries and coping problems they have with the pandemic. In fact, Amazon and Whole Foods is having their workers do the opposite of what most other companies are asking their workers to do.


“My kids are off from school. A lot of businesses are letting workers work from home. But Amazon workers are going in extra time, we’re doing the opposite of what everybody else is doing and due to the nature of our work, it’s hands-on. We have to do that,” said an Amazon warehouse worker in Troutdale, Oregon, who requested to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation.


“I usually work 40 hours a week, four 10-hour shifts. We’ve all been called in for a mandatory extra day, a 10-hour shift, which is usually reserved for holiday peak season,” the worker added.


Another worker says they are worried about...