Online trading increases the demands placed on the logistics networks in city centers. Ever shorter delivery times and a high volume of online orders pose a challenge for city planners and logisticians.
More logistics space needed because of online trading
The inner cities of Germany were originally dedicated to the retail trade, but this has changed drastically and the corona pandemic in particular has pushed this development forward. Online trading is the motto – but what happens to the city centers?
Cities will need more logistics solutions in order to cope with the increasing logistics burden due to online trading. Because even after the corona pandemic, online retail will dominate, so the outlook from Marcus Ackermann, Multichannel Distance Selling Board Member at the Otto Group, told Haufe. Haufe also mentions that e-commerce and 24-hour deliveries will create more demand for large logistics areas. Distributors along the motorways are also growing steadily. According to Cushman and Wakefield, package deliveries rose more than 50 percent by 2021.
Online market platforms such as Amazon in particular are contributing to this development. “The delivery of consignments to urban areas is increasingly becoming a challenge for logisticians due to ever shorter delivery times and busy infrastructures,” Dieter Bambauer, Head of PostLogistics and member of the Swiss Post Group Management, told Swiss Post. In other words, it remains to be seen which solutions the cities will find. However, it can be assumed that logistics planning will also increase in importance in metropolitan areas and city centers.
Inner cities should serve more for leisure than for shopping
Ackermann also explains how he envisions city centers in the future: “City centers will not be able to remain places where you can primarily shop. “Instead, he assumes that inner cities will increasingly become cultural centers where the aim is to present a leisure offer with gastronomy and cultural offers. Ackermann can also imagine that apartments will be built in the empty sales rooms in the city centers. Because with the continuation of the corona pandemic, more free areas can be expected in the city centers.
It seems as if the inner cities have to be completely rethought.
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