Amazon halts grocery orders to restock amid increasing demand

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Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) has said it is halting its Prime Pantry delivery service in the United States to restock groceries, following an increase in online orders by shoppers worried about the coronavirus pandemic.

A “a company spokesperson said: “Amazon Pantry is not accepting new orders at this time while we work to fulfill open orders and restock items following increased demand,”.

The service, which sells non-perishable groceries from cereals to soaps, has seen huge demand from shoppers after most supermarkets were emptied.

Amazon did not say when the service will be back, but said it was working with partners to get the items back in stock as quickly as possible.

The move comes after the company resorted to receive only vital supplies at its U.S. and UK and other European warehouses until April 5, as it tries to free up space for medical and household goods in high demand.

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