Chinese merchants selling products in Amazon.com Inc. had been bracing for steep shortages of products, as Chinese workers remained too worried to return back in to the inactive factories and warehouses in the wake of a growing death toll from a fast-spreading coronavirus which had killed 636 people as of Friday (February 7th) and infected more than 31,000.
If truth is to be told, China, the world’s largest e-commerce market, harbours more than a million Amazon sellers whose source of revenues depend mostly on factory or Amazon warehouse labours in China, while the latest coronavirus outbreak foreshadowed pandemonium of a steep shortages of workers alongside prolonged factory closures.
Apart from that, since product shortage could outland millions of small business in China, Amazon’s algorithm could act as a reflection of overall e-commerce industry in China. Nonetheless, on Friday (February 7th), Amazon.com Inc.
was quoted saying in a statement “Currently, there is no interruption to our operations”. Besides, adding that a number of companies listed on Amazon.com Inc. did not actually have a “plan B” to grapple with a prolonged shutdown in China, founder of Amazon seller consultancy ecommerceChris.com, Chris McCabe said Late on Friday (February 7th), “There are going to be a lot of headaches and heartache. ”