Obscenely rich Jeff Bezos thinks we'd all be better off if we just ordered our groceries online, that is to say from Amazon. If what makes Jeff Bezos better off is any measure of making the plebs better off he could have a point. But, it's really about just making Bezos better off.
Many of us are, for the first time, ordering groceries online. That’s causing huge spikes in demand on e-commerce sites like Amazon, which has moved quickly to expand its grocery delivery services and transform Whole Foods Markets into fulfillment centers for online orders.
But if Amazon consolidating control over yet another sector of the economy during a crisis makes you uncomfortable, Jeff Bezos would like to offer a reframe: Actually, buying your groceries online is better for the planet.Great idea. Let's put Bezos between people and their food supply. Who needs to shop local? Amazon don't. Who needs farmer's markets? Jeff says you don't. Besides, "farm fresh" is so overrated. Who needs those cashiers and clerks and the kids who carry out your groceries - the people who live in your community thanks to those jobs? And what about those pesky carbon emissions anyway. Leave that up to Jeff. He'll ship that stuff from one end of the country to a "fulfillment center" at some other part of the country and, from there, to your door. Carbon emissions? Hah, that's for losers.
That, at least, is the striking claim made in Bezos’ annual letter to Amazon shareholders, which the e-commerce behemoth’s CEO released last month. In a section on Amazon’s climate impact, Bezos asserts that shopping online is “inherently” more efficient, from a carbon emissions perspective, than going to the store. He references a study conducted by Amazon that found that ordering Whole Foods groceries online reduces the carbon emissions associated with every item in a grocery basket by 43 percent compared with driving to Whole Foods.
Suddenly "The Terror" doesn't sound so terrible after all.
Oh yeah, Amazon sucks.