That’s what John Woodard as been exploring as part of his urban studies graduate program at Columbia University.
According to this article in The Atlantic Cities, Woodard has found that traffic and congestion has actually increased due to the proliferation of delivery vehicles. And that the time that you saved by shopping online is probably just spent getting in your car and going somewhere else.
I know I’m dating myself but this sort of reminds me of what we all heard when computers in the workplace became ubiquitous and how computers would save on printing costs. Companies were going to save a bundle on printing and paper costs.
I think we all know how that worked out.