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The Emerging Port: Inland Logistics of Amazon

The emergence of e-commerce has allowed for new forms of logistics and freight distribution that are starting to have noticeable impacts on ports and terminal operations. This digitalization of retail required the setting of physical distribution components relying on home deliveries, which include several facilities designed and positioned to answer demand promptly.

E-commerce is a distributional form of consumption since demand is dependent on the available distribution capabilities, particularly its timeliness and reliability.

This paper explores how e-commerce has affected the supply chain, especially beyond the port and to the hinterland.

Author(s): Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, Dept. of Global Studies & Geography, Hofstra University, New York, US

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