Vendor Peer Groups

The New York State (NYS) WIC Program will be adopting a new vendor peer group system to improve retail food delivery operations and come into compliance with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations. Regulations require that WIC vendors be organized into peer groups based on common characteristics. The purpose of this system is to:

  • Compare vendors that are similar
  • Offer fair reimbursement
  • Apply competitive price criteria to contain costs
  • Maximize participant enrollment

    All NYS WIC Vendors will be assigned to peer groups based on the following criteria:

    Geography

  • Based on Rural-Urban Commuting Areas, Census tract data, population density and traffic commuting flow
  • Determined by the zip code of your store’s location
  • Classifies vendors as urban (Rural-Urban Commuting Area Code 1-3) or non-urban (Rural-Urban Commuting Area Code 4-10)

    Business model

    Based on store type and chain status Classifies vendors as stores or pharmacies; independent, minor chain or major chain Independent store:

  • Independent pharmacy: 4 or fewer NYS WIC authorized vendors with the same owner and/or vendor name
  • Minor chain store: 5 to 24 NYS WIC authorized vendors with the same owner and/or vendor name
  • Major chain store: 25 or more NYS WIC authorized vendors with the same owner and/or vendor name
  • Chain pharmacy: 5 or more NYS WIC authorized vendors with the same owner and/or vendor name

    Store size

    Based on the number of cash registers. Classifies stores as:

  • Small: 1-2 registers
  • Medium: 3-7 registers
  • Large: 8-14 registers
  • Extra-large: 15 or more registers

    Peer group assignments are based on information the NYS WIC Program currently has on file for each authorized vendor. Vendor peer group assignments will be mailed to all authorized WIC vendors. If you believe there are errors with your peer group assignment or if you have any questions about this information, please contact your VMA