Amazon is scrambling to prevent a coronavirus hit to Prime Day

Michelle Cheng
Amazon is scrambling to prevent a coronavirus hit to Prime Day

Grappling with the coronavirus outbreak, Amazon is already taking steps to avoid supply-chain disruptions in China that could hurt its Prime Day sales event—a key revenue driver—taking place about five months from now. One message reportedly read: “Amazon issued off-cycle orders to you last night in order to prepare for possible supply chain disruptions due to recent global events originating in China.” Much of what Amazon and its partners sell on the platform is made in China, where, according to the latest WHO report (pdf), the coronavirus outbreak has claimed more than 2,200 lives and infected over 75,500 people.