A rough guide to the rise of e-commerce and its logistical requirements within the context of government investment, sustainability and the ESG agenda.
- Accommodating the rise of e-commerce is linked to accommodating continuing growth in consumerism a fundamental and entrenched feature of capitalism. E-commerce is taking a growing share of a growing pie
- Extrapolating present trends suggests that over 100 million square feet of new warehouse space will be required by 2030 to accommodate the existing e-commerce business model
- The existing e-commerce model would also generate demand for another 38,000 HGVs over the next five years, or 76,000 HGVs over the next 10 years to support its supply chains. Without innovation and effective regulation this will work against decarbonisation and government carbon emission commitments
- Last mile delivery may be important and receive the most attention, but first mile delivery is an existential problem of an entirely different order requiring large-scale investment in port and multimodal infrastructure that must be considered within the context of UK regional development and ‘levelling up’
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