Urban centres are transforming with the rise in e-commerce and many stores are closing down. Sandra Rothbard from Freight Matters believes the time for smaller businesses to act is now by consolidating and working together to create a powerful economy of scale.
How will urban infrastructure evolve to accommodate the growth of e-commerce?
It’s important to note that how urban infrastructure will evolve and how it should evolve aren’t necessarily the same. I’ll focus on what should happen. Three areas of last-mile deliveries that are ripe for innovation are 1. distribution centers, 2. the curb and 3. the last 50 feet. New consolidation and fulfillment facilities will need to be built as close to the urban core as possible (and/or several in many parts of a city).