The thriving internet economy delivers more than 1.5 million packages to New York City every day, with trucks that double park and hide important roads.
UPS, Fedex, FreshDirect and Peapod trucks delivered 515,000 subpoenas for parking offenses in the city last year – an increase of 28 percent over five years previously – in total fines worth $ 27 million.
The George Washington Bridge is the main thoroughfare for delivery vans and is one of the busiest intersections in the country, with a traffic speed of 10 percent compared to five years ago.
Meanwhile, Amazon is building two million square feet of storage space in New York, as well as a warehouse that will be the largest of its kind in the US, according to New York Times.
Amazon is building two million square feet of storage space, as well as a warehouse that will be the largest of its kind in the US (photo: a delivery person pushes a cart loaded with Amazon delivery boxes in New York City)
The e-commerce retailer hopes that by bringing storage closer, his margins are on the expensive and competitive so-called & # 39; last-mile & # 39; can be reduced.
Another five warehouses are expected in New York and in the summer Amazon opened last mile facilities in the Bronx and in Queens.
The average number of daily deliveries in the city tripled from 2009 to 2017 to more than 1.1 million, according to the Center of Excellence for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems.
& # 39; It is impossible to triple the amount, & # 39; told José Holguín-Veras, the director of the center at the NYT, & # 39; without paying any consequences. & # 39;
The number of households shopping on websites such as Amazon continues to increase due to convenience and lower prices and as demand increases, so does the company's drive to execute orders.
Amazon is now calling for one-day deliveries for all of its Prime members for the holidays, with an estimated spending package of $ 1.5 billion to make that possible.
To do that, it adds more employees to its warehouses and expands its shipping network with more trucks, jets and package sorting facilities.
& # 39; It's a major investment & # 39 ;, said Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in a statement. & # 39; And it's the right long-term decision for customers. & # 39;
The NYT discovered that private companies and couriers also fill the streets with traffic that often lacks supervision and even awareness of city officials.
UPS, Fedex, FreshDirect and Peapod trucks delivered 515,000 summonses for parking violations in the city last year – an increase of 28 percent over five years previously – total fines worth $ 27 million
"In this period of huge growth in the city's population, jobs, tourism and e-commerce, our busy streets see more and more trucks," Polly Trottenberg, the city's transport commissioner, told the newspaper. & # 39; The city is experimenting with enforcement and creative initiatives to manage tires to meet this growing challenge.
Not only do the trucks hide roads, but residents have complained about delivery people stacking and sorting their shipments on the sidewalk and treating the public space as a warehouse.
Most people's mailboxes are not large enough to accommodate many of the packages sent, and condominium lobbies are related to wave packets from dawn to dusk.
An average building with 800 apartments receives 120 packages per day, the NYT reports, and those without storage capacity are left behind for easy stacking in the lobby.
There are also fears for the environment because of the amount of emissions that so many vehicles cause on the road.
UPS told the NYT that they had consolidated packages and used fewer trucks than before.
There are also fears for the environment due to the amount of emissions that so many vehicles cause on the road (photo: a natural gas UPS vehicle in downtown Los Angeles)
And FedEx said they always sought to obey parking laws, but admitted that built-up urban areas were challenging.
New York invests $ 100 million to encourage freighters to use water and rail lines to reduce road congestion, the Times reported.
And this month, new priorities were assigned to buses and trucks on an important inner city road.
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