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We all love to hate them.  But in October of last year the retail behemoth announced their strategy to help add local farmers to their supply chain.  Could the company be heading in the right direction?

We all love to hate them. But in October of last year the retail behemoth announced their strategy to help add local farmers to their supply chain. Could the company be heading in the right direction?

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Many urbanites lack the space to grow their own food let alone compost biodegradable food waste.  New products are on the market that make composting feasible for apartment dwellers.

Many urbanites lack the space to grow their own food let alone compost biodegradable food waste. New products are on the market that make composting feasible for apartment dwellers.

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Great input! The key to scaling is to realize the differences in each city and community. Some cities have both the infrastructure and law structure to allow for more players while others can be created on a smaller scale.

Thanks for sharing! I looking forward to hearing about your ideas, especially those pertaining to the scalability of something like a farm bus. It's great that he is able to reach many under-served communities. The key is to keep the concept growing and sustainable.

@JB The idea of the mobility allows vendors to move around. However, when it comes to the neighborhoods in which they serve, the incentives are provided (low permit rates, low-rate financing etc.) to ensure that they service low-income areas. Separate pricing by neighborhood is not unheard of as gas stations in one area charge differently than those in other areas. But it would be difficult to charge different individuals different prices at the same location.

@Kirk - I completely understand the needs to keep costs down and thus keep prices affordable for individuals in low income communities. Anu brings up a great point to utilize surplus produce from grocery stores to help lower costs. Something else worth noting is that vendors can better understand the needs of their customers over time especially with more rigid schedules to service those customers. That way vendors can provide the right amount of goods. Kogi services customers that fall into a different market segment and they are more apt to use social media to find where the truck is. For produce trucks residents will probably require a set schedule. This is especially important for residents to plan meals accordingly.