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Prime members first: Amazon is ranking customers and ramping up hiring to address coronavirus demand

Amazon has said it will hire 100,000 workers, limit shipments to its warehouses from its third-party sellers, and restrict orders of "lower-priority shipments" to customers in France and Italy, where the outbreak is particularly acute. Foto: Lucas Jackson

SEATTLE - Amazon has added a new measure to try to triage its flood of orders and shortage of goods during the coronavirus pandemic: prioritizing its $119-a-year Prime members.

Now, the company is offering delayed delivery times for nonmembers of Prime on many nonessential items that are available - such as hair dryers, Tic Tac candies and pill pockets to help dogs take medicine...

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