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According to the New York Times, Amazon has recently responded to the coronovirus crisis by making larger and more frequent orders of Chinese-made products that had already been shipped to the United States, according to company emails and consultants who work with major brands.


  1. What midsummer event is Amazon already worried about?
  2. What are some of the hidden supply chain problems?
  3. How have Amazon’s algorithms for supplies changed in recent weeks?
  4. What does Walmart say about the potential effect of the coronovirus on its supplies?


Weise, K. and M. Corkery (2020). Clicking Buy on Amazon? It’s Trying to Prevent a Coronavirus Caveat. The New York Times, Feb. 20 (Retrievable online at