Anne Goodchild said that a head-to-head comparison of online versus brick-and-mortar shopping is difficult to do. “It’s complicated,” she said. “If the goods still have to get from where they were made to you, it’s still making the trip. But [it is more environmentally friendly] if there are a lot of shipments in one truck making the trip. The more carpooling, the less impact and the more energy conservation.”
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Goodchild Presents at 7th International Urban Freight Conference
As a Ph.D. student focusing on freight studies, I was very impressed with the session on The Final 50 Feet of the Urban Goods Delivery System on October 20th presented by Dr. Anne Goodchild, Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center, University of Washington.
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Solving the ‘Final 50 Feet’ Delivery Challenge
Researchers are joining major retailers, logistics firms, city transportation offices and others in the freight industry to reconsider last-mile delivery systems, even reviewing the way they get packages the “final 50 feet” in congested urban downtowns. In Seattle, the Urban Freight Lab was created in 2016 to improve the public and private operations of urban delivery systems through strategic research.
Crowded streets: Cities face a surge in online deliveries
Online shopping is skyrocketing. So what are cities going to do about it?
"Cities have been forced to think more about it because that's where we see the coming together of these pressures in a real, urgent way," says Professor Anne Goodchild, director of University of Washington's Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center. "There's been a recognition at the municipal level that this has to now be what we plan for."