UC Davis Transportation and Climate Blog: How E-Commerce Is Reshaping Warehousing and Impacting Disadvantaged Communities–And What We Can Do About It


By Miguel Jaller         

How we buy things has changed dramatically over the past 20 years. Online shopping is up 30% in the US since 1999, accounting for almost 12% of all retail goods. Online companies have enticed shoppers with free shipping, free returns, and promises of faster and faster deliveries. Current stay-at-home conditions have reinforced this trend, increasing online orders another 30% since the COVID-19 epidemic began. Online purchases of some goods were up 10 fold in April and May. Read more...