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India's coronavirus lockdown to hammer Amazon and Flipkart sales

Online retailers are halting delivery of non-essential goods

Online retail is expected to take a major hit from India's nationwide lockdown.   © Reuters

MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Amazon.com, Flipkart Internet and other online retailers in India are bracing for a slump in sales this year as they temporarily halt delivery of non-essential items such as mobile phones after the government imposed a three-week lockdown to curb the coronavirus outbreak.

Amazon said it is "temporarily prioritizing" its available fulfillment and logistics capacity to serve products that are currently critical for its customers. The priority items include household staples, packaged food, healthcare, hygiene, and personal safety, it said in a blog on Tuesday. "This also means that we have to temporarily stop taking orders and disable shipments for lower-priority products."

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