Beijing (PingWest)—Amazon temporarily closed its Prime Pantry service after orders surged due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
As of Thursday afternoon, Amazon's website showed: "Pantry is temporarily closed. We are busy restocking. Due to high order volumes, Pantry is not accepting new orders at this time."
Prime Pantry allows members to shop for groceries in regular package sizes, with free shipping offered on orders of $35 or more. The service launched in April 2014.
During the spread of the pandemic, many Americans are relying on the online retail giant to deliver essential goods. Amazon has stepped up hiring efforts, opening 100,000 new positions to support growing demand.
Meanwhile, faced with merchandise shortages in the United States and Europe due to the pandemic, Amazon has instituted sweeping changes on which products it will store and ship from its warehouses over the next three weeks. Amazon is banning its warehouses from stocking nonessential items during the coronavirus pandemic