New statistics have shown that the number of daily deliveries from online stores, such as Amazon, have tripled since the year 2009, amounting to more than 1.5 million daily shipments in New York City, and tens of millions across the US. While online stores like Sunsella benefit from this business model, as it presents unique growth opportunities that would not be possible otherwise, the raw volume of deliveries presents a logistics issue in itself.
While New York residents are no strangers to fighting traffic on a daily basis during their commute to work, the streets appear to be getting more crowded than ever over the past few years. Despite the number of public and private transport users remaining around the same, New Yorkers are now struggling more than ever to make their way across the city, often finding themselves in traffic jams that last for hours. This is especially odd considering that the layout of the city has only improved in recent times.
The cause of this rising issue is nothing more than delivery trucks bringing these very same people their online orders. Ironically, they may be eagerly looking forward to receiving these items, rushing home only to find themselves unknowingly slowed by the same delivery trucks that have been hired to deliver their goods to them. This is a daily issue that increases in intensity every day alongside the rising popularity of online orders, which offer a convenient and practical approach to consumerism that is unique to online shopping.
Mike Law, a representative of Sunsella, an online store whose main demand comes from Amazon orders, says, "While this is undoubtedly an annoying issue for New Yorkers, we must all work together to find a solution. Perhaps accommodations need to be made to the city's structure, for instance, to facilitate the easy travel of delivery trucks, or maybe laws and regulations need to be set to restrict their transit to certain hours of the day. Regardless, the situation is unsustainable in its present form, and something needs to be done."
As noted in an article written byThe Economic Times, the source of the issue may not be the raw traffic of these vehicles in itself, but rather the traffic law violations that their drivers commit. Reports of delivery trucks operated by UPS and FedEx drivers who double-park on streets and block bus and bike lanes increase every day, affecting the otherwise efficient travel of local residents. In fact, they racked up more than 471,000 parking violations last year, a 34% increase from 2013. At the end of the year, this rose to 515,000 parking tickets for a total of $27 million in fines.
"If no accommodations are going to be made to suit and facilitate the transit of these vehicles in coexistence with New York residents, then traffic codes should be enforced more harshly," states Law. "Even though we work closely with these companies, we understand the frustration that New Yorkers experience when they arrive late at work due to a traffic jam caused by delivery trucks blocking the road. We agree that this should never happen, and it is an unacceptable situation that has been going on for too long."
Despite the logistics issues and problems that these deliveries encompass, it appears that the situation will only worsen in the near future. The online shopping industry is thriving, as more individuals turn to online stores like Amazon and FreshDirect, for immediate access to products such as groceries and other essential items. It seems that New Yorkers will have to endure the dire traffic situation for quite some time more before any regulations or accommodations are implemented to facilitate their coexistence with the delivery companies.
For now, companies like Sunsella continue to side with their clients, supporting the drive to implement new regulations and improve the structure of roads across the US. Even though the issue is more evident in New York, it is a premonition of what is to come in other highly populated cities in the US.
Interested parties may reach out to Mike Law of Sunsella to learn more about his thoughts on the subject. They may also visit the company’s website and Amazon store page to browse the products they have on offer.
SOURCE: Press Advantage [Link]
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