Package Deliveries Clog City Streets

Package Deliveries Clog City Streets

January 26, 2020

Over 1.5 million packages are delivered daily in New York City.

Same-day delivery from companies like Amazon, and the increasing movement of people and food deliveries by Uber, Lyft, and other companies, are all adding to New York’s traffic congestion.

The city is considering ways to curb the traffic.  One approach is to restrict the number of taxis, Uber and Lyft drivers, coupled with better mass transit.

Congestion pricing is another.  This charges vehicles fees to enter the city (or area) with the fee possibly changing based on congestion or anticipated congestion.  Bridges to New York City already charge tolls.

Plans for congestion pricing are already underway, with possible introduction by as early as 2021.


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This post is based on the Fast Company article, One-Day Deliveries Are Breaking Our Cities, by Jasper Dekker, December 23, 2019; the TT News article, NYC Creeps Ahead on Congestion Fees, Raising Doubts on Deadline, by Henry Goldman, December 27, 2019; and the YouTube videos in the Continue reading

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Vertical Farming for Local Food

Vertical Farming for Local Food

January 20, 2020

As the world’s population grows and people move towards urban areas, locally sourced fresh produce will become more important.

One possible approach is vertical farming with hydroponic agriculture.  Vertical farming would involve using an enclosed facility and growing crops in vertically stacked layers.  In this climate-controlled environment, crops could be grown year-round.  Everything could be controlled to insure optimal production of crops.

The primary approach with vertical farming is to grow the crops hydroponically.  In this approach, a water solution containing the required nutrients is provided to the plants.


Video Spotlight: Growing Up: How Vertical Farming Works


This post is based on TheHill.com article, This is where the food of the future will be grown: Vertical farms offer a number of significant advantages–and they help conserve precious resources, by Eileen Abbot, January 1, 2020, and the YouTube video, Growing Up: How Vertical Farming Works, by The B1M, March 6, 2019. Image source: © Bert Hoferichter / Alamy.

Discussion Questions:

1. What supply chain advantages does vertical farming offer?

Guidance: Vertical farming offers several supply chain advantages.  The first is crops that can be grown closer to urban centers, without requiring farmland that Continue reading

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