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Online Grocery Shopping Could Be Environmentally-Friendly

Woman loading grocery bags into trunk of car.
Shipt shopper Stacey Smith loads groceries into her car at a Meijer in Portage to deliver to a customer. Photo credit: Rebecca Thiele, WMUK
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK 102.1 - Western Michigan University

Grocery delivery services are growing in the United States. The retail trade group the Food Marketing Institute estimates that in eight years, 20 percent of grocery shopping will be done online. Though it may be convenient, some grocery delivery services are more environmentally-friendly than others. 

SCTL Center Director Anne Goodchild comments on the ways online grocery delivery services can be more efficient and eco-friendly, including the ability to cut emissions by 20 to 75 percent compared to individual shopping trips.

SCTL Center COO Barb Ivanov Speaks at CityLab Paris


SCTL COO Barb Ivanov joined mayors, journalists, policy and business leaders from across the globe at CityLab Paris earlier this week. She spoke on the importance of collaborative private and public partnerships in addressing mutual city concerns, such as urban congestion, economic growth, environmental sustainability and social equity, and participated in intimate roundtable discussions on how changes in cars and e-commerce are impacting cities. 

Breakfast Chat - The Power of Partnerships

In 2016, UPS launched an ambitious pilot project in the city of Hamburg to deliver all packages in the city center via electronic tricycle. The voluntary project’s aim was to help the city accomplish its goal of a car-free city center, and UPS’s model of working with government to solve mutual problems has since been adopted in other cities including Dublin, London….. etc. While the slick-looking UPS “e-bikes” might get the lion’s share of attention, the real innovation isn’t the technology itself, but a broader commitment to the power of public-private partnerships. But why do these partnerships between companies and cities work where so many others have fallen short? Public-private partnership is a hotly discussed buzz phrase, but what mechanisms and relational elements are essential to harnessing its true potential? And going forward, how can cities and business collaborate to address areas of mutual concern, like urban congestion, economic growth, environmental sustainability and social equity?


·         Peter Harris, Director, Sustainability, EMEA Region, UPS

·         Barbara Ivanov, Director, Urban Freight Lab

·         Rob Bole, General Manager, CityLab (Facilitator)

Anne Goodchild Speaks on Density and Delivery at Lake Arrowhead Symposium


Anne Goodchild presented on "Density and delivery: A look at where delivery services reduce VMT over passenger vehicle travel and where they do not" at UCLA's 27th Annual Arrowhead Symposium on Transportation with UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, UCLA Institute for Transportation Studies, Caltrans HQ, and Metro Los Angeles.

Cities need sustainable goods delivery plans

SF Express couriers loading packages in a van
John Davies, GreenBiz

Executing logistics operations can seem boring to those not directly involved: When it works, it is boring. Goods are picked (from fields or warehouse shelves), packaged, shipped and delivered to the loading docks of a business or a person's front door. When clicking the infamous e-commerce "buy" button, most people don’t think about what has to happen next.

At least they don’t think about it until they’re stuck behind a delivery truck that’s double-parked on a city street while the driver unloads crates of vegetables for tonight’s two-star meal or carries packages into an apartment building. While sitting in a single passenger vehicle and fuming at a branded roadblock, drivers rarely connect the dots between their expectations and what it takes to meet them.

SCTL Center Director Anne Goodchild comments on the current state of freight in cities: "They have a transportation plan, a bike master plan, a transit master plan. But freight has not been something cities have been planning for," she said.

Innovative Technology Day @ the Urban Freight Lab

Photo credit: © Olivier Le Moal | Dreamstime

Technology was the theme of the day for the Urban Freight Lab on September 12. At the very first Tech Day hosted by the SCTL Center, UFL members and venture capital leaders spent the afternoon listening to presentations and discussing how three very different emerging technologies could be applied to the Lab’s two priority problems.

Conversations continued at the Innovative Freight Technologies Executive Forum dinner immediately following Tech Day. Speaker Stephan Olsen, Director of Product Planning at Kenworth Truck Company, started the evening with an insightful overview of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and a roadmap of autonomous vehicles in the trucking industry