Johanna Amaya Leal, assistant professor of supply chain management in Iowa State’s Ivy College of Business was featured in a news article by Iowa State University news service.
Delivery demand driving pressure on urban freight capacity
AMES, Iowa – Delivery trucks double parked and blocking traffic, or backed into a loading zone in which they do not fit are common problems in downtown and urban neighborhoods. An Iowa State University researcher expects the combination of aging infrastructure and revitalization efforts, spurring residential and commercial growth in these areas, will only make the problems worse.
Retail shops and restaurants have largely driven demand for urban freight, but that is changing as more consumers shop online, said Johanna Amaya Leal, assistant professor of supply chain management in Iowa State’s Ivy College of Business. In fact, she says home deliveries are projected to significantly increase in many U.S. cities. Promises of same-day delivery further complicate the issue. Amaya Leal says time restrictions reduce efficiency for freight carriers, compounding congestion and pollution.