Non-Essential Amazon Prime Orders Now Facing Shipping Delays of up to a Month

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Because the world is taking social distances to reduce the spread of covid-19, many people turn to Amazon Prime to deliver products to their homes. However, due to Amazon’s recent announcement that this would happen prioritize the delivery of essential items, much less critical Amazon Prime orders are now seeing shipping delays of up to a month.

The problem started to crop up over the weekend as many searched Amazon for things to keep them entertained or occupied as on-site shelter and self-quarantine mandates have been extended indefinitely. Now Amazon Prime customers accustomed to having their products delivered within two days or less are seeing estimates for non-essential items delivery through April 21.

In an official statement to Rearrange, an Amazon spokesperson confirmed that these shipping estimates are not a result of a technical error and that “to help our customers in need while ensuring the safety of our employees, we have changed our logistics, transportation and supply chain, procurement and third-party processes to prioritize the supply and delivery of items that have a higher priority for our customers, “which has” led to some of our delivery promises being longer than usual. “

If you had relied on local coffee shops for your daily brew prior to the spread of covid-19, you might have a hard time ordering a coffee maker for your home right now.

If you had relied on local coffee shops for your daily brew prior to the spread of covid-19, you might have a hard time ordering a coffee maker for your home right now.
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While Amazon’s recent change in shipping priority makes sense over time, it is unfortunately not always clear which items are considered essential or “in-demand products”. It even seems like things like one Coffee maker Amazon Basics are swallowed up with things like graphic cards and considered non-essential, with both products expected to be delivered by the end of April.

Since some third-party sellers on Amazon have recently been told that they cannot ship their goods to Amazon warehouses for fulfillment, this problem can only get worse as current supplies run out or slow down.

And while Amazon hopes strengthen the workforce by 100,000 new employeesAs the number of covid-19 cases continues to rise in the US and Amazon’s continued focus on prioritizing shipments of essential goods, it can take a long time before you can order a new gadget, cable or component on Amazon Prime and get it delivered quickly.

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