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Amazon.com Inc's India unit on Tuesday said it will halt orders for non-essential products in India to prioritize customers' critical needs at a time when much of the country is under lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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NEW DELHI: Amazon.com Inc's India unit on Tuesday said it will halt orders for non-essential products in India to prioritize customers' critical needs at a time when much of the country is under lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The decision by the Seattle-based Amazon's India unit follows a similar move to stop shipping non-essential products to consumers in Italy and France, countries hit hard by the virus outbreak.

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Amazon India will prioritize the sale and delivery of household staples, packaged foods, healthcare, hygiene and personal safety products, the company said in a blog post.

The company said it was seeing a surge in demand for essential good and services, adding that it was giving customers the option to cancel undelivered orders for lower-priority products and get refunds.

Amazon did not give a timeline for the resumption of normalRead More – Source