Prime Day marred by Amazon strikes in Europe

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Amazon Prime Day 2018 was slightly marred for the marketplace by Amazon strikes at some of their European fulfilment centres. According to reports some of the protests ended in clashes with the police with accusations of police charges, broken teeth from truncheon blows and arrests as protesters refused to stay on the pavement and out of the roads.

The police deny any charges, but do say that several protesters attacked the police and two of them have been arrested.

Amazon have done what Amazon do in the face of Amazon strikes by workers and merely routed orders to alternative warehouses where strikes weren’t taking place. In Spain, where an Amazon fulfilment centre on the outskirts of Madrid saw industrial action, Amazon have another 14 fulfilment centres to take the load as well as many more spread across the European continent. Whilst it will be a pain for the company, they are experienced in dealing with strikes and aren’t likely to struggle too much to keep the orders flowing unless a concerted strike program is put in place affecting significantly more than a single warehouse.

Amazon strikes of these kinds rarely affect merchants. If you have stock in Amazon’s Spanish warehouses as it could have been in lock down for the past three days, but with 15 warehouses in Spain alone the chances of your stock being impacted are still relatively low.

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