Amazon.com Inc. sellers are bracing for product shortages as Chinese workers—worried about the fast-spreading coronavirus—may be unable or unwilling to return to idled factories.
Brandon Young, who pulls in more than $10 million in annual revenue from the online marketplace, has a 30-45 day supply of portable Apple Inc. watch chargers that could be difficult to replenish because they are built from genuine Apple components that are exclusively made in China.
Plugable Technologies founder Bernie Thompson says he could run out of his top-selling triple display laptop docking station by the end of this month, even if factories open as planned next week.
The entrepreneurs are among the 1 million-plus Amazon sellers whose livelihoods depend on factory workers in China. Their predicament foreshadows the risk Amazon sellers face if China’s fast-moving coronavirus outbreak results in worker shortages or prolonged factory closures.