Will Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods potentially affect us in the Heartland?
We don't know how it will affect us in the future or not too distant future; it's too soon to tell. What we do need to pay attention to is how could it impact our local communities and businesses? Will it affect us in South Dakota? I know it is already affecting us in the heartland; with all the online business our state is not seeing a dime in taxes or are just beginning.
Some communities have amazing community support of local businesses.
How can we help our communities be more pro-active in this manner?
Is this something we think about; to make our communities economically healthy?
It is a "ripple down effect" if we keep money in our local economies feeding privately-owned businesses that hire local employees, or distribute products from our farms to stores and more. It all matters. That's the bottom line. It's a "ripple down effect."
Personally, I believe we can help:
1) Avoid "Amazoning" if possible, and keep our ecosystem of local businesses strong and growing.
2) Teach your children now and let them see first hand your shopping at home when possible.
3) What's good for the goose is good for the gander; for example, don't support shopping at home, but turn around and purchase mail-order pre-packaged foods that deliver to your door. Buy your products locally.
4) If you cannot find it in your community, you're still better off going to the next community, versus buying online.
We can be pro-active for our communities,
P.S. I welcome your comments; I love food for thought!