Amazon Warehouses Are Accepting Only The Essentials…And Other COVID-19 Small Business Tech News

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 — Amazon warehouses will now accept essential supplies only.  

Due to a rapid growth in demand, Amazon announced this past week that— until April 5th—they will only be accepting items deemed as essential goods in all of their warehouses. With Americans social distancing and staying in their homes due to the Coronavirus, many have taken advantage of the convenience of using Amazon to purchase necessities such as food, household supplies and cleaners, along with medical basics and necessities. For the time being, Amazon will continue delivering the products considered nonessential that are currently stocked in their warehouses, but they will not be allowing sellers and vendors to replenish those products for at least the next 3 weeks. (Source: Wired)

Why this is important for your business:

Good news for Amazon merchants selling these items. Not so good news for everyone else. If Amazon is a major part of your eCommerce business and you’re not selling an “essential” product then be prepared.

2 — Microsoft Teams struggled as Coronavirus pushes millions to work from home.   

This past week, Microsoft Teams experienced disruptions in their platform across Europe such as difficulties with messaging functions, screen-sharing, recording meetings, creating new teams, modifying members, to name a few. With the recent developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, a greater number of individuals are working remotely in order to abide by guidelines to avoid public places to help slow the spread of the virus. While Microsoft Teams initially shared that the problem had been addressed, as workers in the U.S. began signing on that same day, similar problems persisted across the platform. The issues are believed to be the result of more and more people signing on to Teams in order to work remotely during the pandemic. (Source: Venture Beat)

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Why this is important for your business:

Microsoft isn’t the only tech company struggling to keep up with demand. Internet demand from all the work-from-home employees is creating an enormous stress test of our online capabilities and infrastructure. Be patient.