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Inefficient home-delivered groceries can bring bigger climate costs

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📦 With the onset of COVID-19, many of us switched to online grocery ordering for the very first time. By letting your veggies share a ride with others, grocery delivery has the potential to reduce the number of vehicles on the road and save vehicle miles traveled. Sounds great, right? But there might be a catch. 

A new study finds that delivered groceries — if not managed efficiently — may result in higher greenhouse gas emissions compared to in-store shopping. Last-mile travel, in particular, is one of the dominant contributors to the carbon footprint, which accounts for 61% of the median emissions from online delivery. 

The good news is there’s a lot we can do to improve last-mile deliveries, like dynamic route planning, efficient fleet management, and automated dispatching — strategies that shrink pollution and reduce costs to both suppliers and consumers. 

Grocers everywhere are tapping into Via’s platform to reduce the number of miles driven, ensuring the last stretch from a store to someone’s front door is efficient, green and worry-free. See how it’s done.

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