twelveOn November 11, six states in the central United States suffered more than 30 tornadoes, and local buildings were seriously damaged.
Amazon warehouse also failed to survive due to its wide coverage.
The Frontline of Cross border E-commerce learned that the tornado destroyed an Amazon warehouse in Illinois.
A local official involved in the rescue said that the Amazon warehouse was seriously damaged. First, both sides collapsed inwards, and finally, the roof collapsed.
(Comparison before and after tornado attacks Amazon warehouse)
This disaster has already causedSix Amazon employees died。
"When the tornado hit the warehouse, it went through the building like a high-speed train, and the ceiling debris fell one after another, making a very loud noise." Amazon employee David said in an interview.
At present, the local rescue team is expected to have no survivors, and has turned the rescue work into recovery work. At the same time, for the sake of personnel safety, these work will be arranged in the daytime.
After the event, some Amazon employees believed that it was not only natural disasters, but also man-made disasters.
They told the local media that Amazon restricted employees from using mobile phones in the warehouse, which made them unable to contact with the outside world in the event of a disaster, which also increased the difficulty of rescue.
In addition, before the tornado attack, Weldon, a victim employee, told his girlfriend by text message that the company asked him not to drive home and stay in the company until the attack passed.
"If Amazon didn't limit it, he could have gone home alive." Vilden's girlfriend told the New York Times.
She revealed that the time when Verdun sent the message was 16 minutes away from the estimated time of the tornado attack, but the distance between their home and the warehouse was only 12 minutes.
However, Amazon denied the accusations made by many employees and media.
twelveOn December 12, Amazon announced that the tornado warning had been sounded 11 minutes before the warehouse was attacked.
Bezos expressed his sadness at the tragic death of his employees
On the 11th local time, Bezos posted on Twitter that the news was tragic. We are sorry for the employees who lost there. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families.
At the same time, he also said that Amazon would do its best to support local employees and would work with them to overcome the crisis.
Last Sunday, Amazon also said that it would donate one million dollars to the Edwardsville Community Foundation to support local disaster recovery.
Which warehouse was damaged in the attack?
After the disaster, some false news also followed, which had the greatest impact: which Amazon warehouse was attacked.
Some sellers said that the Amazon warehouse where the accident occurred wasSTL4。
However, according to a column published by the New York Times, what suffered wasDLI4 Warehouse。
In addition, Cardinal News also provided evidence. A report released by Cardinal News said that the DLI4 Amazon delivery station in Edwardsville, Illinois confirmed that two employees died.
The Frontline of Cross border E-Commerce also learned that the STL4 warehouse was rumored to have an accident, which was also due to certain reasons.
This is because the two Amazon warehouses are too close, less than 100 meters away.
It is not ruled out that some sellers may mix up the names of the two warehouses, resulting in the spread of information.
Another point is particularly important. According to the query information, the DLI4 warehouse is currently suspended.
Therefore, it can be determined that the DLI4 warehouse has collapsed this time.
The news of the collapse of Amazon warehouse was sent back to China, and sellers were worried
"I think I'm tired, too. The monthly storage fee is more than 4000 dollars, which has been paid for several months in a row. The price outside the station is too low to sell. Now I can lie flat." A seller said.
At the same time, some sellers claim to have received compensation emails from Amazon Logistics. （The authenticity is questionable）
(Screenshot provided by the seller)
The email information shows that in view of the recent activities of the seller's sales account, Amazon has initiated the logistics compensation operation.
Some sellers also questioned how Amazon's efficiency suddenly compensated you so quickly after the disaster only happened for a day or two.
Of course, most domestic sellers expressed their condolences for the unfortunate death of Amazon warehouse employees and hoped that the number of casualties in this disaster would decrease.
"For the seller who clears the inventory, it is indeed a windfall, but for the seller who sells normally, the warehousing fee and freight are equivalent to paying again in vain." An insider told Frontline of Cross border E-commerce.
He also pointed out that Christmas is coming soon. If the goods stored in this warehouse are best sellers, it means that the seller has the risk of running out of goods.
According to past warehouse accidents, Amazon may take the following measures for the seller's inventory
oneIf the seller has created collapsed warehouse goods but has not yet delivered them, Amazon may suggest that the seller delete these goods and send them to the unaffected warehouse.
twoIf the seller's goods are already on the way to the collapsed warehouse, Amazon will urgently contact the third-party logistics provider to let them deliver these products to other warehouses through cooperation.
threeIf the seller's goods have been damaged in the collapsed warehouse, Amazon will compensate the seller according to relevant policies.
It should be emphasized that when Amazon makes compensation for damaged or lost goods, there will be many reference factors.
For example, the seller's past sales records, average sales prices of products in the past, etc.
In addition, if the seller does not recognize the amount of compensation, he can appeal to Amazon, but he needs to submit more information, such as supplier invoices.
Now, for domestic sellers, if there are goods to be delivered to Amazon warehouses in the future, they should bypass these warehouses affected by tornadoes to prevent their products from being affected again.
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