Amazon “out-of-stock” items rise and deliveries taking longer due to coronavirus-related demand

Many seeking to purchase basic household items from Amazon such as toilet paper and disinfectant wipes are out of luck at the moment.

In addition, many hoping to rely on Amazon Fresh delivery are finding delivery slots not available due to overwhelming coronavirus demand.

Marketwatch reports Amazon.com Inc. says shoppers should expect more “out-of-stocks” on household staples and longer delivery times due to heightened demand during the coronavirus outbreak.

The company warns that some deliveries will exceed the usual Prime member promise of one-day delivery.

For those customers concerned about social distancing during delivery, Amazon AMZN, 7.220% says customers can ask for an “unattended delivery” for all items ordered on Prime Now, Whole Foods Market and Amazon Fresh, except alcohol.

Amazon is experiencing what many traditional retailers have been trying to manage in bricks-and-mortar stores: high demand for coronavirus-related items including disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer and paper towels.

Per the WSJ, Amazon.com Inc. plans to hire an additional 100,000 employees in the U.S. as millions of people turn to online deliveries at an unprecedented pace and Americans continue to reorient their lives to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.

Amazon plans to deploy the new workers to fuel its sprawling e-commerce machine and is raising pay for all employees in fulfillment centers, transportation, stores and deliveries in the U.S. and Canada by $2 an hour through April.