Companies have built competing supply chains responding to eCommerce growth and the demand for rapid deliveries. The environmental downside - more vehicles, causing increased pollution and congestion.
Loading bays, kerbsides, and access doors are valuable assets that keep cities and districts supplied with goods. Unless these are effectively managed waiting times and failed deliveries increase adding to pollution and congestion.
All this means that emissions from delivery traffic will increase by 32% and congestion by over 21% in the Top 100 cities globally until 2030. In London, 29% of harmful emissions come from freight vehicles contributing to the estimated 9,400 premature deaths each year.