Reactions to the dossier on the hidden effects of our online purchases

Many of you have commented on Nathalie Collard’s dossier on online purchases, published in the Context notebook on September 11th. Here you will find an overview of the e-mails received.

Posted at 3:00 p.m

Home delivery and the convenience of online shopping are hugely appealing to consumers. To minimize this abundance of trucks, there should be distribution centers where buyers would be forced to pick up their orders. Only large packages could be delivered to your home. As long as they travel to collect purchases made online (and all too often to the benefit of overseas merchants), consumers might start to shop more locally and face-to-face. Most likely, doing so would help reduce overconsumption, which itself is a major problem.

Lucie Nadeau

Customers used to go into the shops and spill out onto the streets; today it is the trucks from the branches that drive to the customers. White cap, white cap.

Marcel Rivest

Is it better to have 100 vehicles in one outlet or just one delivering to 100 different addresses? Asking the question means answering it. Those 100 vehicles could be off our streets, think about it; Buying online requires adjustments, buying in person is far more polluting.

Christian Castonguay

Why not ask Amazon to convert its entire electric fleet? They can afford it… they could use it for good publicity.

Alice Baben

Despite all the online shopping, supermarket parking lots are overflowing with cars. The shops are understaffed, looking deserted most of the time. In addition, the price differs enormously. The price of goods, the cost of using the car and the loss of time when shopping are increasingly encouraging online purchases. Shopping is probably the last favorite pastime for meeting people.

Bernhard Lefebvre

Ms. Collard, it’s certainly less serious than the thousands of motorists who drive into Montreal to shop… It also solves the labor shortage in retail stores; a warehouse where all goods are stored requires fewer workers; The big buildings in the city center house fewer people, so less wasted electricity, less heating bills… Finally, it’s less polluting to shop online; It takes less time and fewer people.

Francine Davis, Boucherville


People driving to shop create pollution.

It is more than important to counteract the harmful effects of climate change more and more effectively. However, without having the answer, I wonder if I see one or more Amazon, Canada Post, UPS, or other delivery trucks in our neighborhood compared to the number of people who would otherwise drive motor vehicles to get their groceries to do. The impact on local trade is most likely positive, the impact on the environment might be more negative given the large number of people being asked to move. As far as safety is concerned, the effect of a few vans is perhaps equivalent compared to the large number of vehicles in circulation. I’m just asking myself the question.

Serge Pelletier, Saint-Hyacinthe

Instead of rethinking the city, I think we should rethink the delivery system. See for yourself: Four trucks on the same street in less than 15 minutes! It’s an aberration. And you think it’s the city that needs a makeover! Rather, I believe that a single truck could very well have delivered these four packages. One could perhaps give a certain transport company exclusive transport in a certain zip code and deny access to others. Surely there is a way to regulate transportation instead of starting to transform our cities, which can be a daunting task.

Gilbert Savard, Quebec

I wonder why, there are still no rules and I find that unfortunate. Of course, this should be done gradually. There are many potential solutions elsewhere in the world to inspire our elected officials. Ikea is already using electric trucks – immediate advantage: no noise. Please do not add “no pollution”! We could already set targets for delivery companies over time to gradually use more electric trucks.

Christine Besson, Montreal

I force my 10 employees to consolidate their office equipment purchases and order them from a local stationery store. I found out that they ordered from Amazon and that I sometimes had three deliveries a day. The same goes for Uber Eats. Employers must have clear policies.

Helen Normandy

I’m against online shopping unless I can’t help it. I boycotted Amazon for several years and I’m glad I did. I tend to promote local trade personally!

Micheline Beauchemin

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