The impact of e-commerce on transport flows and retail locations: the interface of retail and transport geography 1

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Business Geography Specialty Group, Economic Geography Specialty Group, Transportation Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2020
Start / End Time: 2:25 PM / 3:40 PM
Room: Granite A, Hyatt Regency, Third Floor
Organizers: Joris Beckers, Herman Kok
Chairs: Joris Beckers

Call for Submissions

Interested participants should send a title and an abstract of no more than 250 words following AAG guidelines to Joris Beckers ( and Herman Kok ( no later than October 25. Contributors of abstracts selected for inclusion in the session will be notified by October 30, and will be asked to provide their registration code (PIN) after registering for the conference and submitting their abstract at


Session organizers: Joris Beckers, Herman Kok, Ann Verhetsel

In the last decennium the advent of e-commerce has changed the retail and logistics sector. With inner-city shopping districts, suburban malls and online platforms, the consumer now has a variety of options to choose from. Each of these options however comes with their own flows of passenger and freight transport. Despite their interconnectedness, very little research exists at the interface of the fields of Retail and Transport Geography. This session invites scholars exploring this interface in light of the changing consumer patterns and an increasing awareness for the environment.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

• New location strategies for retailers
• The changing geography of retail behaviour
• The changing transport geography for shopping
• The substitution of traditional retail by e-commerce
• Innovation in urban freight and logistics
• The impact of e-commerce on retail expansion strategies


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Herman Kok*, Meyer Bergman, Department stores as urban landmarks: past, presence, future 15 2:25 PM
Presenter Dr. Brent McKenzie*, University of Guelph, The Evolution of a Retail Brand: Tallinna Kaubamaja, Estonia’s Department Store 15 2:40 PM
Presenter Huyen T.K. Le*, The Ohio State University, Andre L Carrel, The Ohio State University, Online Shopping and Travel Behavior in the U.S.: Characterizing Four Types of Shoppers 15 2:55 PM
Presenter Roberta Taramino*, Politecnico di Torino, Luigi Buzzacchi, Politecnico di Torino, Antonio De Marco, Politecnico di Torino, Giulio Zotteri, Politecnico di Torino, Stores closures generate a ripple effect 15 3:10 PM
Discussant Sina Hardaker University of Würzburg 15 3:25 PM

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