The following is an excerpt from Spencer Soper | May 1, 2016 | Bloomberg.com |
Amazon.com Inc. will bring free same-day delivery to the Bronx -- the only New York City borough now excluded -- following criticism from elected representatives that the company’s data-driven service boundaries unfairly left out minority communities.
The Bronx is at least the second area the online retailer pledged to serve following an analysis of Amazon same-day delivery areas by Bloomberg Businessweek that highlighted racial disparities in where the service was available in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York and Washington. Amazon pledged to serve the predominantly black Boston neighborhood of Roxbury on Tuesday following criticism of its exclusion.
"We are actively working to enable service to the Bronx in the coming weeks," Brian Huseman, Amazon’s vice president of public policy, said in letters obtained by Bloomberg News. "Once completed, Prime members in every zip code in New York City, including the Bronx, will receive Prime Free Same-Day Delivery."
The letter was sent to Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and New York State Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz, whose district includes the Bronx, who both complained about the borough’s exclusion from the service. Dinowitz called for investigations of how the delivery boundaries were determined.
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