The Impact of COVID-19 on eCommerce
While most brick-and-mortar stores are still reeling from the enforced closure under measures taken by state governors and other officials to slow the spread of the coronavirus, others turn to how COVID-19 and ecommerce fulfillment will affect each other. ShipWizard is one such third-party logistics company working hard to ensure that fulfillment is not overly impacted at this time.
The spread of COVID-19 (and the panic spread by news and social media) has had a substantial effect on consumer behavior. The panic buying of household staples such as toilet paper, sanitary wipes, hand sanitizer, and foodstuffs like dried pasta and rice has strained the supply chain. People unable to get their hands on the supplies they feel essential for survival during the COVID-19 pandemic turning to ecommerce are creating a surge in online shopping, as are people trying to stay home and practice social distancing by instead shopping online. Even distribution centers for large companies like Amazon have been affected.