Amazon Prime delivery times are slowly returning to normal after the company suspended deliveries of non-essential items to cope with the increase in orders at the beginning of the pandemic. At the end of March, the e-commerce giant stopped new shipments of non-essential items, and even the main shipments have been put back up to a month to cope with the increase in orders. Even some Amazon warehouses had to close as workers tested positive for Covid-19, which also affected deliveries.
However, it now appears that the slowdowns are over, as the company says it has been able to speed up some deliveries and more goods are coming into its facilities. In mid-April, Amazon lifted some restrictions on new goods coming into its fulfillment centers, and this should help normalize operations.
Amazon’s spokeswoman, Kristen Kish, provided further details on the current status of the company’s operations:
“We have lifted quantity restrictions on products that our suppliers can send to our fulfillment centers. We continue to maintain extensive health and safety measures to protect our employees in picking, packing, and shipping products to customers, and we are improving delivery speed throughout our business”.
Amazon did not provide shipping times, but CNET spoke with Juozas Kaziukenas, founder of the Marketplace Pulse research site, who said that two-day, one-day shipping is still inconsistent in the U.S. The good news is that the month-long delays are over, but it will be quite a while before the e-commerce giant is able to guarantee two-day nationwide shipping of non-essential items again.