Last Mile Groceries

Update: 10/9/06

The Sunday Oregonian has an article discussing how Safeway, Albertsons and New Seasons are approaching this market opportunity.

Update: 10/3/06

I spotted the creature in the wild on my street this morning. Apologies for the cell phone photo.
Update: 10/9/06

The Sunday Oregonian has an article discussing how Safeway, Albertsons and New Seasons are approaching this market opportunity.

Update: 10/3/06

I spotted the creature in the wild on my street this morning. Apologies for the cell phone photo.

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Original Post: 9/27/06

The morning paper brings the news that New Seasons will offer delivery of groceries ordered online. To avoid the misfortune of Webvan and other ill-fated Web 1.0 ventures into this arena, New Seasons will pull goods off their shelves rather than from a dedicated distribution facility.

I have decidedly mixed feelings about this. I wonder whether the VMT of the delivery trucks we be less than the VMT of trips to the stores? I also wonder whether the trips being displaced are auto trips or cycling or walking trips (well, probably all of the above, but in what proportions)?

On the non-transportation side of things (yes, I admit that transportation is not the only consideration), I like the idea that people will have easier access to the great (often local) food that New Seasons offers. But I also worry about the degradation of the grocery store as a center of community, and anything that reduces people’s connection with their food sources.

Progress?

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