Amazon Grocery and Gourmet - Shipped Fast to APO FPO DPO Addresses

Social Media Man keeps his eyes peeled for new Amazon Grocery items ...

Amazon continues to expand their available Grocery and Gourmet Food items. I ordered some Lowrey's Microwave Pork Rinds the other day - the same ones I ordered last year to be sent to a cool airman at Vandenberg AFB, CA - but this time they were available to be shipped APO.

Other Grocery items I've check on include Breakfast Foods and Cereal. Earlier this year I ordered some Golden Grahams Cereal - and yep - a big pack of five 16-ounce boxes of cereal showed up at my forward deployed address - fast as usual.

So now you're saying: "Why in the world would I want to buy groceries or gourmet food at Amazon - when I have a commissary right down the street?"

Here are a number of reasons:

  • Inventory. It's not physically possibly for a grocery store to carry the food inventory that Amazon carries. In tech speak, it's called the "long tail of the Internet" - which just means Amazon may only sell a few items - from the entire world's available inventory of foodstuff. In other words, all the commissaries in the world can't touch Amazon's comprehensive inventory - because an Amazon warehouse is a gazillion times bigger (OK, maybe not a gazillion times, but it's a warehouse, not a little store). Check the limited inventory of cereal at your local commissary if you don't believe me - or look for microwave pork rinds, because they don't have any.
  • Favorites. Having a larger inventory available means Amazon has your favorite foods - like the pork rinds - and your commissary does not.
  • International. You're stationed in Korea now, but fell in love with German Muesli while you were in Deutschland? Amazon has it.
  • Quantity is another reason. When you order at Amazon, you can buy warehouse quantity - packages with a number of boxes - so you can stock up on large quantities of stuff you need, that your commissary always seems to be out of.

What's the catch?

It's only a small one: You have to check each grocery or gourmet item with Amazon's Shopping Cart to make sure it ships APO FPO DPO, but you do that all the time anyway, don't you.

There are still a very small number of manufacturers that won't let their products ship overseas. If you run across one of these, and would like to personally ask Amazon and the cereal manufacturer to ship an item to APO DPO FPO addresses, post the Amazon.com cereal link at the Amazon Grocery Facebook page - and post the question.

Everyone knows the fastest way to affect good customer service these days is with social media - because everyone is watching - friends of friends of friends of friends, aye.

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sean kinn 4 years ago from Key West and Budapest Author

Writer20, not sure why I didn't see this comment until just now. Thanks, and you're right, they are fussy sometimes. I gave up on food when I was in the Army, pretty much just tried to keep calories in my system to stay warm. Other guys later became gourmet cooks or just expert cooks in general. But anyone serving down range definitely deserves some good chow, and things are definitely getting better on what can be sent to places like Iraq and Afghanistan. Thanks for the comments. Sean


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

This is good for our fussy soliders.

Voted up useful and interesting.

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