Delivery Services

Rivian electric Amazon delivery van delivering packages curbside on New York City street

Minnesota Lawmakers Propose New Ridehailing, Delivery Fees

The proposed fees on transportation network companies and delivery services would help cover buddget shortfalls for transportation and transit in the state.

March 30, 2023 - MinnPost

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Mitigating the Impacts of Delivery Services

How cities can minimize the impact of delivery vehicles on air quality and congestion through effective curb management and zero-emission delivery zones.

November 28, 2022 - The City Fix

Storefront window for Gorillas fast-delivery store in New York City "Store to door in 10 min!"

New York Councilmembers Seek Action Against Cashless ‘Fast-Delivery’ Stores

After the city instituted a ban on cashless businesses, calling the model discriminatory against poor New Yorkers who rely on cash transactions, a study found that more than 80 percent of new fast-delivery stores don’t accept cash.

July 13, 2022 - Gothamist

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How Micromobility Can Improve Last-Mile Delivery

Facilitating the use of micromobility devices for the last mile of urban deliveries can reduce congestion, lower emissions, and take bigger vehicles off small neighborhood roads.

June 28, 2022 - Smart Cities Dive

Delivery Services

How Does Freight Fit Into Complete Streets?

As home delivery of everything from groceries to furniture becomes more popular, policymakers must evaluate how to keep streets safe and accessible for pedestrians and other vulnerable users.

March 28, 2022 -

Amazon Warehouse

The Impact of Amazon Warehouses on Communities

Often located in low-income communities of color, Amazon's warehouses contribute to public health impacts like poor air quality, noise pollution, and traffic congestion.

December 16, 2021 - Consumer Reports

Empty Retail

Opinion: 'Instant' Delivery Services Could Decimate Street Vitality

The race to deliver goods at lightning speed has the potential to create 'dark cities' as street-level storefronts give way to closed-off warehouses only frequented by delivery workers.

December 10, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

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Cargo Bike Pilot Reduces Emissions by 30%

The program deployed electric cargo bikes in a small Seattle neighborhood to test the effectiveness of replacing delivery trucks with lighter vehicles in the last mile of delivery.

October 27, 2021 - Fast Company

Grocery Store Public Health

Who Really Needs 15-Minute Grocery Delivery?

New start-ups are promising ultra-fast delivery, but at a high cost to workers, the environment, and the urban fabric.

October 14, 2021 - Vice News

Delivery Services

The Link Between Smart Cities, Fleet Technology, and Economics

The theoretical planning of smart cities could help make city economies stronger as purchasing becomes more straightforward.

December 20, 2020 - Devin Partida

Amazon Warehouse

Business Booming, Amazon Plans Big Real Estate Expansion

Amazon is moving more moving more products than ever, and the company is expanding its physical footprint to keep up with the trends.

December 8, 2020 - The Boston Globe

Los Angeles, California

Transportation Tech Innovation Zone Launched in Los Angeles

Urban Movement Labs (UML) is working with the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti to undertake a series of pilot programs to entice private companies to Los Angeles to develop and test innovation transportation technology.

November 25, 2020 - Smart Cities Dive

Electric Scooters

Parking Study: Scooter Scofflaws Far Outnumbered by Car Scofflaws

The worst offenders of parking violations on the streets today aren't scooters—they're food delivery and ride-hailing drivers.

March 5, 2020 - Cornell Chronicle

Delivery Services

Better Maps Would Save Delivery Companies a Ton of Time and Money

A new report estimates the cost of inaccurate maps for delivery companies in the billions of dollars.

February 12, 2020 - Smart Cities Dive

New York Bike Delivery

Report: Last-Mile Deliveries to Increase 78% by 2030

A new report from the World Economic Forum predicts dire consequences for congestion and carbon emissions if e-commerce delivery services proliferate unchecked.

January 29, 2020 - Supply Chain DIve

Autonomous Vehicles

California Clears the Way for Autonomous Delivery Vehicles

Safety driver not included.

December 23, 2019 - Smart Cities Dive

Self-Driving Cars

Walmart to Launch Autonomous Grocery Delivery Program in Houston

Walmart is planning on delivering groceries autonomously in Houston at some point in 2020.

December 11, 2019 - TechCrunch

Deliveries Truck

Scant Examples of Innovative Shipping Delivery Programs

Urban freight deliveries are expected to grow 40 percent by 2050, according to the 2017 Material Handling Industry’s annual report. Cities aren't yet ready to keep up with the changing times.

February 9, 2019 - Blueprint

Starship Technologies

Delivery Robots Get Legal Status in Washington, D.C.

A delivery drone pilot launched in Washington, D.C. in 2016 has been expanded for further deployment.

May 10, 2018 - Washington Business Journal

Amazon Warehouse

Quick Internet Delivery Services Clog City Streets with Delivery Trucks

Services like Amazon Prime and other quick delivery online retailers are creating more demand for short trip delivery, the result is streets jammed with vans. Bikes may offer an alternative.

December 2, 2016 - Quartz

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