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15 Mar 2022

China’s COVID-19 Lockdowns Likely to Cause Disruptions in Amazon Order Deliveries

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COVID-19 lockdowns imposed across China are likely to cause delays in deliveries of online orders placed with e-commerce giants like Amazon and Walmart, reported Bloomberg News.

China’s current outbreak of COVID-19 is its worst since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020. In order to control the spread of Omicron infections, the government instituted lockdown measures in the affected parts of the country including Shenzhen, which is home to 17.5 million people and a major hub for online market vendors. Its neighboring city of Dongguan has also been ordered shut, causing further disruption in the production and supply of toys, footwear, and garments.

Wang Xin, the Head of the Shenzhen Cross-Border E-Commerce Association, contended that the lockdowns and cessation of key businesses could significantly impact the timely deliveries of orders made through Amazon Inc. and Walmart Inc. She added, “Shenzhen now has pressed the pause key, with operations halted for almost all sectors, and we are no exception.” 

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