Online shopping may save consumers time in the mall. But commuting from one part of a city to another is becoming exasperating as a result of the traffic congestion generated by thousands of delivery trucks fulfilling orders.
Professor of Global Studies and Geography Jean-Paul Rodrigue was interviewed by The New York Times for an article, “1.5 Million Packages a Day: The Internet Brings Chaos to N.Y. Streets,” about e-commerce and the problem of traffic in urban areas. As more people and businesses conduct business online and expect expedited shipping, UPS, FedEx and other delivery trucks are taking up space on residential streets, local roadways and highways.
Professor Rodrigue, told the Times that changes on New York City’s streets underscored the trade-offs created by the internet economy.
“People love convenience, but they don’t like truck traffic, congestion and air pollution,” Dr. Rodrigue said. “We’re still adapting to it. It’s going to be a painful adaptation, but we have no choice.”
Dr. Rodrigue was also interviewed for the OneZero.com story, “Unraveling the Secret Origins of an AmazonBasics Battery,” where he discussed Amazon’s mastery of transportation logistics and how that makes it more difficult to understand where and how their private-label products are manufactured.