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Amazon to clear backlog first, Retail News, ET Retail

Amazon to clear backlog firstBengaluru: Amazon India is prioritising existing orders of essentials before accepting new ones, the etailer’s country manager Amit Agarwal said on Twitter in a bid to placate consumers facing delays or cancellations. The ecommerce company is working with local authorities to get clearances and curfew passes for on-ground workers, Agarwal said.

“We understand the importance of your orders being delivered on time. These are extraordinary times and we are single-mindedly focused on getting essentials to you.” ET on April 1 that Amazon India has been unable to fulfil orders due to a combination of order backlog and lack of on-ground workers. Consumers had complained that the online retail giant was not making much progress even as its rivals have continually improved their services over the past week.

For e-grocers and ecommerce firms including BigBasket, Grofers, Amazon and Flipkart, hiring on-ground staff has been the biggest challenge after migrant workers fled to their native places from various big cities due to the ongoing lockdown, leading to a 80-90% labour shortage for firms, ET reported last month.

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