So, we’re in a problem here. We’ve a pandemic going on, of a disease that is transmitted by personal contact. We have therefore closed most of the retail industry in order to protect people.
In order that some semblance of life may continue we’d like some system or providing people with the necessaries – and the desires – of life which minimises said human contact. Which we have, those vast online warehouses that deliver orders taken over the internet.
Well done France, well done, closing those warehouses down:
Amazon has ordered the temporary closure of all six of its French distribution centres, one day after a French court ruled it was not doing enough to protect its workers in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The online giant said in a statement that “this week, we are requesting employees of our distribution centres to stay at home. In the longer term, we will evaluate the impact of that [court] decision for them and our French logistic network”.
Amazon’s French warehouses are to be shut down for five days from Thursday to carry out a deep clean and to “take all the necessary measures to guarantee the health and safety of staff”, the company said.
Amazon France also said it is appealing against Tuesday’s emergency ruling, which requires the company to stop selling non-essential goods for a month while it works out new worker safety measures.
Sales of food, medicine and hygiene supplies are still allowed under the ruling.
However, Amazon France said that given the “inherent complexity” of its activities, and the potential €1m ($1.1m) fine for each violation of the ruling, the risk was “too high”.
As ever, the perfect is the enemy of the good here.
Or, of course, we could express our surprise at the pettifogging nonsense of the French bureaucracy but that would hardly be a surprise, would it?