Analysing the transport activity generated by e-commerce

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The growth of e-commerce has been almost explosive, with turnover nearly quadrupling over the past ten years, and this trend is continuing. Considering this and bearing in mind the Swedish objectives to reduce climate impact, the government has tasked Transport Analysis with analysing the transport activity generated by e-commerce. The focus of this task is on analysing how such transports can be made more efficient to contribute to greater sustainability.

The present report, which is a subreport from this project, describes how e-commerce goods are distributed. It also includes an analysis of what factors affect whether e-commerce leads to lower or higher traffic volumes than does commerce in brick-and-mortar shops. The reported results are based mainly on literature studies and interviews. The existing statistics are inventoried as well.