Buying from the comfort1st.com network of sites
The product along with many other products are taken in a systematic and highly efficient route to individual homes via a light-duty delivery truck.
Figure 2 shows the transportation chain diagram for the e-commerce model. In the e-commerce model, the product begins at a manufacturer and is delivered to a distributor warehouse, again by heavy-duty truck1. While not shown as a part of the transportation flow in Figure 2, a customer shops for and buys a product on the e-commerce company website. After receiving information from the e-commerce company’s data center that the product has been ordered and needs to be shipped, the distributor warehouse individually packages and sends the product to the collecting and sorting distribution center via a parcel service, either by airplane and truck depending on the online consumer’s preferences for delivery time. The product, along with other products, is then taken to the individual homes via a light-duty (we assume a 20,000 lb) delivery truck.
The information above was taken from the Carnegie Mellon study. To learn more about the Carnegie Mellon study please click here.