For many Flint residents, finding fresh and healthy food has become a struggle
Lindsey Smith / Michigan Radio

To many of us, a trip to the grocery store is simply a matter of finding the time in our schedule to jump in the car and drive a few miles.

But that grocery trip presents big challenges to many of the people who live in Flint, where supermarkets are shutting down left and right.

The city lost two Kroger stores and a Meijer within eight months.

And with about half of the city’s residents living below the poverty line, many can’t afford to get a car to drive to the suburbs for fresh, healthy food.

E-commerce could soon replace trips to the produce department.
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Online shopping for groceries and consumer packaged goods is lagging way behind other forms of online shopping.

Amitabh Sinha is a professor of technology and operations at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He’s been studying e-commerce of groceries, and he thinks grocery chains and retailers that don't get onboard with e-commerce could go the way of Circuit City or Borders.

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Michigan-based retail giant Meijer says it will now ship any of the items from its stores to any place in the world. Before now, customers could only get bulk items shipped to their homes.

Frank Guglielmi is a Meijer spokesman.

“There’s the customers who are familiar and predisposed towards Meijer who perhaps lived in the Midwest or Grand Rapids and have moved to other destinations and then there’s providing a good offering online for groceries for any consumer out there.”