The supplies are coming back to most stores in my area (Greater LA area). Some things like paper products are still difficult to get but most dairy, bread and meats are available at our local Costco and Sams Club.
We are in for a long road ahead. The stay at home orders are likely to stay in place until June or maybe even July. I’ve heard rumors from several sources that Amazon is planning on extending the restrictions on FBA items until the end of April.
As sellers our business model has changed. We have to adjust to the times we are in to survive. Unfortunately, many businesses will not be able to adjust and some will not survive. Amazon’s gesture of waiving fees for 2 weeks and not charging LTSF for the month of April is a good start but it’s not going to save businesses who are drowning right now if this situation lasts into June or July.
I hope Amazon re-evaluates the situation as it develops and considers additional concessions as warranted. Of course they don’t have to do anything but if they want a stable Marketplace for this years incoming 4th quarter it makes sense for them to take steps to help businesses that sell on their platform survive this pandemic.
With that said, this is the most I’ve seen Amazon do for it’s sellers in the 11 years I’ve been selling here so it is good to see that they are acknowledging the dire situation we are all in. Hope everyone stays safe and let’s just keep doing what we can to make it through these tough times and help others when we can.