Amazon Distribution Channel Essay

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Resources, Conservation and Recycling 36 (2002) 211 Á/240 www.elsevier.com/locate/resconrec

Shipping news: the implications of electronic commerce for logistics and freight transport
Markus Hesse *
Department of Earth Sciences, Geographic Sciences and Urban Research, Free University of Berlin, Malteserstr. 74-100, 12249 Berlin, Germany Accepted 24 June 2002

Abstract The paper considers the significance of electronic commerce (e-commerce) for freight transport, logistics and physical distribution, regarding both business to business and business to consumer commerce. The possible implications of e-commerce are analysed in the broader context of structural change, going beyond narrow assessments that overstate the significance of
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Overall, there is some evidence that ecommerce is likely to reinforce longstanding trends of transport growth, rather than breaking them. Future research should investigate e-commerce more comprehensively, in relation to the entire distribution system and to its application in firms and households. This would also be

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M. Hesse / Resources, Conservation and Recycling 36 (2002) 211 Á/240

more useful for dealing with a generic property of modern economy and society: increasing demand for flexibility, speed and mobility. # 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Keywords: E-commerce; Logistics; Physical distribution; Freight transport; Warehousing; On-line retail; Home delivery; Environment; Land use; Traffic generation; Structural change; Corporate re-organisation; User behaviour

1. Introduction This paper addresses the implications of electronic commerce (e-commerce) for logistics and freight transport operations. Whereas major transport-related analyses in the context of e-commerce are focussing on passenger transport, this paper investigates the physical distribution (PD) sector. PD comprises the entire system of

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