Amazon is heading into its annual Prime Day sales event on Tuesday much differently than how it entered the pandemic.

The company has long used the two-day event — one of its biggest all  year — to lure people to its Prime membership, for which Amazon recently  raised the price to $139 a year from $119 a year.

Amazon doesn’t disclose total Prime Day sales, though growth estimates for last year’s event had ranged from 7% to 9%.

Research firm Insider Intelligence suggests sales could grow even more this year in part because of the event’s mid-July timing

which compared to last year’s June date would allow the company to capture more consumers doing back-to-school shopping.

Amazon could use the boost amid a slowdown in overall online sales.

Once the darling of the pandemic economy, the company posted a rare  quarterly loss in April as well as its slowest rate of revenue growth in  nearly two decades — at 7%.

Inflation had added roughly $2 billion in costs.

Amazon also acknowledged it had too many workers and expects its excess  capacity from its massive warehouse expansion during the pandemic to  total $10 billion in extra costs for the first half of this year.

It’s causing pain at the moment, and that pain is considerable,” said Neil Saunders, the managing director of GlobalData Retail.

It’s quite a reversal from the early days of the pandemic when the  e-commerce giant’s profits soared as homebound shoppers turned to online  shopping to avoid contracting the coronavirus.

The demand was so high that Amazon nearly doubled its workforce in the last two years to more than 1.6 million people.

It also increased its warehouse capacity to match the avalanche of orders flooding its site.

By the end of 2021, Amazon had leased and owned roughly 387.1 million  square feet of space for its warehouses and data centers — more than  double what it reported in 2019.