pwa wrote:Funnily enough, i remember a few years ago arguing with someone on this forum who was adamant that Tesco style delivery (by van) was a good way of reducing car traffic and pollution, and I said that van deliveries were, because of time slots, not as efficient as you might imagine. The same company delivering to different doors in the same street twice or more on the same day, with sometimes 10 or 15 miles between drops.
I suppose the argument is that van deliveries should be a good way of reducing traffic and pollution - and I wonder whether running a warm commercial van engine 10 miles may still be less polluting than running a cold private car engine 4.
It sounds like at the moment, the commercial incentives aren't strong enough for the shops to encourage the second or third shopper from an area to pick the same time slot as other deliveries in their area. That seems like a market failure, not a problem with the concept as such.