Amazon Recap: The May Issue

It’s a wrap. May has come to an end.

In the world of Amazon, things are changing. Let’s take a look at what happened on Amazon over this month.

A RISE IN NON-ESSENTIAL SHOPPING

Since lockdown was introduced, there have been many changes in online shopping. Amazon opted to restrict shipment orders for FBA in what was deemed “non-essential” products in order to free up space, time, and efforts in order to cater to essential goods.

In recent weeks, we have seen the relaxation of some of these restrictions as Amazon quietly lifts restrictions across the board. Although we are not sure as to what can be shipped and what quantity, we know that Amazon is prepared.

AMAZON FRANCE, UP AND RUNNING AGAIN

Amazon is reopening its distribution centers in France after they were shut down more than a month ago due to a dispute with labor unions over the health and safety of workers.

Workers will return to work gradually as Amazon reopens in a staggered manner in order to protect staff from the novel coronavirus.

AMAZON TO EXPAND GROCERY STORES

Tackling the traditional grocery market.

Grocery stores have seen the biggest sales surge compared with any other retail verticals during the Covid-19 pandemic. Amazon, which already owns Whole Foods, is reportedly planning to move forward with its own branded stores. This will not feature autonomous checkout found in its Amazon Go and Amazon Go Grocery stores, but rather be a store with checkout lanes.

Stay tuned for the next Amazon recap.