Transport effects of e-commerce: what can be learned after years of research?

In this paper, the authors review conceptual and quantitative studies on the implications of business-to-consumer (b2c) e-commerce on mobility. In addition, they discuss consumer-to-consumer (c2c) e-commerce and freight transport, and they separately discuss the mobility effects of e-commerce on personal travel and on goods movement. The paper seeks to examine the sampling strategies, definitions, assumptions and methodologies that have led to diverse conclusions in the published research and to determine what is missing in the literature regarding the net effect of e-commerce on transportation. Among their suggestions is that product differentiation is necessary in order to examine the mobility effects of e-commerce, and they explore whether complementary effects are given the same level of attention as substitution effects. The goal of the review is to bring the conclusions of the studies into rigorous discussion to improve knowledge of online shopping's impact on transportation.


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  • Accession Number: 01496864
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 28 2013 10:07AM