Photo: Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, 2020.
Many grocery stores located in urban areas to not have facilities such as bay doors to accommodate deliveries. Under such circumstances, the curb becomes the delivery platform. A common approach is to leave palletized orders on the sidewalk to be depalletized and brought in the store. On the above photo, store employees are depalletizing a curbside delivery onto dollies that are brought in-store right to the isles for the goods to be shelved. The empty pallets are stored and handed back during the next delivery.