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Amazon has made a pledge to expand its free same-day delivery to the neighborhoods currently being excluded from the 27 cities that offer the service.
The statement comes after the Congressional Black Caucus — an organization that represents black members of Congress — made the connection that zip codes of minority neighborhoods were being left out. Threatened with support for a potential Federal Trade Commission investigation, Amazon released the following statement, which has been published to Bloomberg News:
Very shortly, we will be expanding Prime Same Day Service to every zip code of the 27 cities where Prime Same Day delivery is currently launched. We will further not launch the service in any new regions, until we are able to secure a carrier for every zip code. We are still figuring out the details and procuring last mile delivery for each of these zips, but we should have 100 percent coverage shortly.
According to Bloomberg's data, black residents in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York, and Washington D.C. were less likely than white residents to have access to Amazon's same-day service, a perk of the $99-a-year Amazon Prime membership.
We've reached out to both Amazon and the Congressional Black Caucus for comment, and will keep you updated on any new statements.