The BIG “Last Mile” of Home Delivery

Since last week all the news has been about Amazon and Whole Foods merger. Jim Cramer on CNBC-News has pushed “buy at home” like crazy. Just recently Wal*Mart announced that employees will be making deliveries.

Sounds great if you are “in” to home delivery. Basically, I am not. These hoards of delivery people choke our narrow streets. Besides, I live in a house that is not “deliveryman-friendly”. We are “set-back” from the street in a “cottage” surrounded by 6-story buildings. It is a great place to live but not great to tell someone how to find it.

I like the idea used by a small appliance company: it is called a “relais”(like in “relay). It set up a relais in a neighborhood. You get an electronic message your purchase is in the relais…..not a harried delivery person with a truck triple-parked calling your phone. You give up what you are doing and just walk out to the street. The Relais is great: you go out on YOUR time.

As you can tell, I am not a great fan of home delivery. Certainly not a fancy meal. I would rather go to a place like Stew Leonard’s “The Disneyland of Dairy Stores”.

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6 Amtrak trains to use Grand Central Terminal this summer

From The Journal News | LoHud.com-Jun 12, 2017

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Interim Executive Director Veronique Hakim confirmed Monday that Amtrak and the MTA have “an agreement” to begin running trains to and from upstate into the east side station, as the national railroad begins much-needed repairs in Penn Station.

“They will be bringing a small part of their Empire Service into Grand Central. We think they’re looking at six trains, three in or three out,” Hakim said. “That could provide some relief at Penn (Station) as well.”

Empire Service trains make stops between the Albany area and New York City, including Yonkers and Schenectady, among others. Some trains originate or terminate in Buffalo, making stops in Rochester and Syracuse.

Empire Service trains have not run into Grand Central since 1991 when Amtrak consolidated all its operations in Penn Station, which it owns, a move that allowed upstate travelers to change trains across a platform rather than across town.

But a litany of issues in recent months, including two derailments in the spring, has brought to light significant issues at the station, including years’ worth of neglect by Amtrak at the station.

In order to get things back into good condition, Amtrak will have to perform eight weeks of improvements starting next month, which will take tracks out of service and wreak havoc on Long Island Railroad and NJ Transit schedules.

Hakim said the MTA would be monitoring the improvement process closely to make sure Amtrak is finished on time.

“We want to keep Amtrak’s feet to the fire when it comes to meeting their schedule,” she said.

Hakim announced changes to the Long Island Railroad, including lengthening trains, canceling others, running buses and ferries free for weekly and monthly ticket holders and slashing overnight tolls for trucks.

“We know that our customers have had enough. We heard them loud and clear,” Hakim said. “Dozens of weekly delays … have rippling consequences, not just here but throughout our entire region.”

NJ Transit, which operates trains to and from Rockland County, had announced its plans earlier. They include routing some lines into Hoboken and adjusting schedules for others.

Rockland County trains will work on their regular schedules, according to the NJ Transit plan, though commuters who change at Secaucus Junction for Penn Station may need to adjust their schedules, the agency said.