The real price of parcel shipments

When a product is made abroad, when it leaves, it will generate greenhouse gaseslaunched from scratch by Coop de solidarité Carbone’s strategic transportation adviser, Vincent Dussault.

Some accept several orders per week. In this case, we can look at eco-taxation. If they use the road network vigorously, that may come at a costraised for his part the general manager of Life in the city, Christian Savard.

A customer at a bakery.

Photo: Radio-Canada

In a perfect world, the consumer who can walk or bike to pick up his or her purchase is the most ecological option to recommend.

The worst purchase is to travel far with your car to pick up a little somethingsaid Mr. Dussault.

According to Coop Carbone, 200 million tons of goods circulate annually in Quebec. The city of Montreal alone represents 92 million tons of parcels. This means approximately 10 million delivery truck trips per year.

Fill in the blanks

Packaging is also an important part of the environmental questions to be asked when buying.

Many efforts are currently being made by shippers and carriers to reduce packagingemphasizes Coop of solidarity Carbone’s strategic transportation advisor, Vincent Dussault.

Unused space in a box represents an average of 24%, according to a study by DS Smith, a British paper and packaging giant.

This lack of optimization has ecological costs. It will generate 122 million tonnes of CO2 annually, the equivalent of Belgium’s annual emissions.

The Mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, and two cargo bikes.

Delivery will be provided by various partner companies.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Ivanoh Demers

A bicycle delivery service in Montreal

The project of City delivery service by bicycle was rushed to Montreal due to the pandemic.

In early April, the metropolis bet on three bicycle delivery companies to support merchants.

This is a special context right now, the answer is nice, but it depends on the merchants and their ability to take orders online.let Vincent Dussault.

This type of service also improves the quality of life in a neighborhood.

In the latest road safety report, pedestrians represent the only category of road users who have recorded an increase in accidents.

The proliferation of trucks represents a real road safety issue because a pedestrian has no big chance against a truck.Mr. concern. Savard.

Avoid express deliveries

Also, it is better to be patient and not choose express delivery when placing orders.

Otherwise, the carrier must make the order especially for you, which you cannot mutualise his journey.

The longer we wait, the more it allows the logistics system to combine packages and fill trucks.said Mr. Dussault.

The type of vehicle used is an important criterion to analyze in the calculation, as well as its filling rate.

The last mile

One of the major issues is also the last kilometer, when trucks that are often parked twice take space and time in traffic to bring the package to its destination.

One of the solutions could be in automated robots or drones. However, few studies have examined their effects to date.

A woman, in front of the door of her house, took a bag containing foods she had ordered from the small trunk of a robot.

Starship Technologies company, founded by two former Skype founders, offers a robot on wheels to deliver groceries, parcels and food to the restaurant.

Photo: Statship Technologies

In the short term, the rise of e-bikes is helping to electrify and improve last mile transmission efficiency.said Mr. Dussault.

Group your purchases

Combining your purchases to make one order rather than several orders can also be a way to do your part. The ideal remains in favor of local shops.

One thing that needs to be managed to avoid excesses is the deliveries. A habit that people will keep. If we get into the habit of constantly delivering groceries, for example, that will have an impactsummarizes Christian Savard.

Delivery remains a good option if the item needed is very far from where we live, he added. If we buy things only once a year, or a television, the impact will be very low, but consistently, there will be more significant issues.

The pandemic is forcing us to rethink the transportation of goods and hopefully there are some interesting solutions that will emerge here.end of Vincent Dussault.

Excessive consumption

The Federation of e-commerce and distance selling (Fevad) says there are 2 to 4 times more returns when shopping by delivery than in physical stores.

A professor from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, has advanced a return rate of 25% to 30% compared to 6% to 10% for purchases in stores.

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