Amazon.com (AMZN) - Get Report, the world's largest online retailer, is struggling to keep basic household goods in stock as demand for items surges to never-before-seen levels amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The company warned that it was running out of stock of popular household items and also experiencing delivery delays with its Amazon Prime service amid a massive surge in shoppers switching to ordering online to avoid being out in public - or to simply source goods not currently available in brick-and-mortar stores.
"As Covid-19 has spread, we've recently seen an increase in people shopping online," Amazon wrote in a blog post.
"In the short term, this is having an impact on how we serve our customers. In particular, you will notice that we are currently out of stock on some popular brands and items, especially in household staples categories. You will also notice that some of our delivery promises are longer than usual," the retailer said.
"We are working around the clock with our selling partners to ensure availability on all of our products, and bring on additional capacity to deliver all of your orders."
Amazon added a notice to the top of its marketplace this weekend that reads: “Inventory and delivery may be temporarily unavailable due to increased demand. Confirm availability at checkout.”
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