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Amazon cuts publishers’ orders to ease warehouse congestion

In the US, Amazon has cut book orders to publishers to ease congestion issues at its warehouses, reports Publishers Weekly.

Several independent publishers told Publishers Weekly their weekly orders have been cut since late October, including one who said that an order last week was about 75% less than one placed in the corresponding week last year.

‘We are missing our October numbers and November is slow out of the gate,’ the CEO of an independent publisher said. ‘It’s hard to see how we can catch up in the next six weeks.’

The head of another publisher said ‘we could lose the entire holiday season’ if orders don’t rise to what have been typical patterns in past years within two weeks. He added that if problems with Amazon persist, it’s possible that some online book sales could move to and other retailers, such as Walmart, which have invested heavily in online operations.


Category: International news