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Amazon workers sort packages for delivery on East 14th Street in New York City, July 12, 2022. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

How many Amazon packages get delivered each year?

The rise of e-commerce means billions of packages are delivered in the US each year. That creates traffic and pollution, but urban freight researchers are finding better way to get goods to customers.
A worker on an electric cargo-bike ferries goods in Strasbourg, France. Frederick Florin/AFP

Could cargo bike deliveries help green e-commerce?

On paper, swapping gas-guzzling trucks for bikes may sound like an appealing option for greening e-commerce. However, there are sizeable obstacles to implementing this in cities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in border closures and an increased desire to localize production and use supply chains that are close to home. (Arthur Franklin/Unsplash)

How online markets are helping local stores survive COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a rise in digital localism — consumers using online local sites to buy and supply goods. Do platforms born during COVID-19 have a chance of survival?

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