• Mashable reports that Amazon is "taking precautions" as "the coronavirus outbreak in China continues to plague local manufacturing businesses."
Last week, the story says, "Amazon placed off-cycle orders with some of its suppliers last week to increase inventory of Chinese-made products as it 'prepare[s] for possible supply chain disruptions due to recent global events originating in China,' according to an internal email."
Mashable points out that "at least 40 percent of sellers on Amazon's U.S. marketplace are based in China. But many Chinese factories have been unable to resume production after the Lunar New Year holidays, as workers across China have been unable or unwilling to return to work due to travel restrictions and local law enforcement practices. Manufacturers, too, have struggled to reach suppliers and provide face masks for workers according to national mandates."