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June 8, 2020
The pandemic created more permanent online shoppers, pressuring the ecosystem.
It takes a major crisis to change some people’s habits. The COVID-19 pandemic forced many traditionalists to try online shopping, and moderates to step up their game. Of 2000 shoppers surveyed, almost half shopped at least one new site and will continue to do so. Online sales of popular consumer goods are up 40% post-pandemic, and holding.
Abridged from ‘Shoppers buy more online compared with before the pandemic’  – Digital Commerce 360

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January 10, 2020
Carbon emissions expected to increase by 30% by 2020 without intervention.
Demand for urban last-mile delivery is expected to grow by 78% by 2030, leading to 36% more delivery vehicles in the world’s top 100 cities; causing emissions to rise by 30% and commute times to increase by 11 minutes. A new WEF report, The Future of the Last-Mile Ecosystem, identifies 24 interventions the ecosystem must act on now.
The Future of the Last-Mile Ecosystem – World Economic Forum

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December 11, 2019
Click, click, emit – the carbon cost of online shopping
There is more to that click of a button than meets the eye. The process of moving merchandise from warehouses to consumers (or stores) involves pumping large quantities of CO2 into the atmosphere, and the problem grows worse as e-retailers offer bigger, better, faster. And free shipping; it’s not free. It comes with a cost to human health and the environment. Making informed choices however, can really help.
Abridged from ‘Click, Click, Emit’ – Scientific American

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October 6, 2019
The eCommerce revolution has turned the ‘traditional’ supply chain on its head.
Despite rising sales, increased shipping costs have led to a decrease in profits for online retailers. As the shift from brick and mortar to online retail continues, the difficulties of managing last-mile delivery grow. What are the four most prominent challenges to eCommerce’s last-mile? Cost, Transparency, Efficiency, and Friction.
Abridged from ‘Four Last Mile Delivery Challenges for eCommerce’ – Bringg.com

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