Amazon is pausing grocery orders in the US amidst the coronavirus crisis

With more than half a million coronavirus cases registered in the US, people are confined to their homes and heavily dependent on online retailers to get their groceries.

However, if you were thinking of ordering something from Amazon, you might have to wait a good while, as the company has decided to pause new grocery orders for now.

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A report from Reuters suggested that the ecommerce giant is putting new grocery orders on a waitlist, and restricting operating hours at Whole Food outlets to clear out the backlog of existing orders.

While Amazon didn’t mention for how long it’s going to add new orders to a waitlist, it said it’ll add more capacity each week.

Last month, the company announced that it’s prioritizing essential items such as groceries, household staples, and medical supplies to match the rising demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The firm also said that it’s planning to hire an additional 100,000 workers to keep up with new orders.

While Amazon said its online grocery order capacity has increased by 60 percent, this new move suggests that’s not enough to fulfill consumer demands.

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