Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Amazon’s Food Stamp Program May Be Off Target

Daily Insights 02/15/2017
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Amazon's Food Stamp Program May Be Off Target

Lots of talk about how Amazon accepting food stamps will hurt Walmart and other retailers' business – I don't think so.

Yes, we need to watch just what happens this summer. That is unless the new administration decides to make changes in the SNAP program which last year provided more than $66 billion of help to 44.2 million Americans - in New York, New Jersey and Maryland. In addition to Amazon, FreshDirect, Safeway and ShopRite are also joining the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - the first time SNAP has accepted online payment for groceries. The USDA has said access to online groceries is a benefit to urban and rural residents with limited shopping options.  

Here are my questions: how many current Amazon customers are on SNAP? And how many use their mobile devices as their primary way to access the Internet? And how can Amazon sell the foods that SNAP recipients buy? 

 

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