In letter to company, Senator asks Amazon why it chose to not provide service in three Roxbury zip codes, what criteria it considers when determining where to provide same-day delivery service


Washington (April 26, 2016) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, today asked why is chose to exclude three zip codes in the predominately minority neighborhood of Roxbury in Boston, Massachusetts from its same-day delivery service. A recent Boston Globe article (“Why Doesn’t Amazon Offer Same-day Delivery in Roxbury”, April 21, 2016) based on a Bloomberg analysis reports that same-day delivery service is offered to nearly everyone in the Greater Boston area and stretches to areas near the New Hampshire border. In his letter, Senator Markey asks when it plans to offer same-day delivery service to these Roxbury communities in the future.


“I am concerned that your company’s model for determining which areas will receive same-day delivery disproportionately disadvantages minority and low-income communities, which may already face substantial obstacles accessing stores that sell essential items including groceries, toiletries, and school supplies,” writes Senator Markey in the letter to CEO Jeff Bezos.


A copy of Senator Markey’s letter to can be found HERE.