Online Shopping

Tysons Corner

Rethinking Retail Space in the Wake of COVID-19

As e-commerce boomed and people sought outdoor shopping and dining options, the pandemic accelerated the decline of massive, merchandise-oriented retail spaces and indoor malls.

January 12, 2022 - Bisnow

Department Store

Phoenix Mall Sold for Mixed-Use Redevelopment

The former Paradise Valley Mall will undergo a conversion to a mixed-use community with homes, offices, and stores.

April 7, 2021 - CNBC

Delivery Services

The Link Between Smart Cities, Fleet Technology, and Economics

The theoretical planning of smart cities could help make city economies stronger as purchasing becomes more straightforward.

December 20, 2020 - Devin Partida

Delivery Trucks

High-Speed Delivery Linked to Increased Congestion and Pollution

It's not only mom and pop shops that suffer from over-reliance on online shopping: streets and the environment also suffer the consequences.

December 9, 2020 - Streetsblog USA

End of the Mall

The End of the Mall? Navigating the Shifting Retail Landscape

More online shopping means fewer consumers are spending money at brick-and-mortar stores, with suburban malls hit especially hard. But municipalities are looking for creative strategies to navigate a post-mall world.

December 27, 2019 - Land Lines

Alibaba

Study: E-Commerce Decreases Traffic Congestion in China

Examining congestion data from 94 Chinese cities before and after Alibaba's Singles' Day, this study found evidence for a modest drop in traffic following the Cyber Monday-like event.

November 3, 2019 - IDEAS

Online Shopping

Survey Reveals the Market Footprint of Online Grocery Services

How and where are people shopping for groceries online?

March 20, 2019 - The Houston Chronicle

Pike & Rose Bethesda Maryland

Experiences Designed Into Suburban Developments

Live music, skating rinks, and artificial beaches are now part of developments that want to go beyond just simple shopping and dining.

January 9, 2019 - The Washington Post

Wayne County Main Street

The Future of the Retail Landscape

Stores are an integral part of the cityscape. So how will online shopping change what we see in the coming years?

December 13, 2018 - The Boston Globe

Santana Row

Innovative Approaches May Save Physical Retail

In places like San Jose, "new approaches to the storefront" are paying dividends for physical retailers willing to experiment.

March 1, 2018 - SPUR

Deliveries Truck

Addressing Online Retail's Ceaseless Curbside Deliveries

The rise of online retail has come with a flurry of delivery trucks that don't always have good places to stop. Researchers from Amazon's hometown are on the case.

January 29, 2018 - Landscape Architecture Magazine

Ross Dress for Less

Ross May Be Immune from the Amazon Effect

Ross Stores continues its expansion in the face of a much-foretold retail apocalypse. The shopping experience it provides may be one reason it can stand up to Amazon.

October 17, 2017 - The Business Journals

Department Store

Hundreds of Stores to Close After Another Weak Holiday Season for Chain Retailers

Sears, Macy's, and The Limited are among chain apparel stores closing locations all around the United States.

January 27, 2017 - The Chicago Tribune

Amazon Warehouse

Quick Internet Delivery Services Clog City Streets with Delivery Trucks

Services like Amazon Prime and other quick delivery online retailers are creating more demand for short trip delivery, the result is streets jammed with vans. Bikes may offer an alternative.

December 2, 2016 - Quartz

Amazon Delivery

Online Shopping Statistics, Overstated and Misreported

Articles that claim online commerce have surpassed sales at brick and mortar stores are wrong, according to an article on City Observatory.

November 8, 2016 - City Observatory

Amazon Warehouse

Chicago's Warehouse Building Boom

Online shopping and gentrification is fueling a bona fide building boom of warehouse spaces in Chicago.

August 30, 2016 - Crain's Chicago Business

Empty Retail

The Changing Nature of Retail: The Impact of Online Shopping on Cities

As consumers increasingly buy online, technology is changing the shape of our cities, reducing demand for retail space, increasing freight congestion, and leaving parking lots empty.

February 29, 2016 - Jennifer Evans-Cowley

Amazon Fresh Truck

Online Retail Curbs Urban Traffic

Despite claims that urban truck traffic continues to rise, recent data shows no real increase in urban vehicle miles traveled. Online shopping may be helping keep people off the roads.

September 18, 2015 - City Observatory City Commentary

Shopping Mall

Death of the Shopping Mall May Be Exaggerated

Despite threats like online retail, upscale sectors of the mall market are prospering. This is good news for what are, perhaps, the only walkable 'streets' in some parts of the country.

March 31, 2015 - CityLab

What's the Most Energy Efficient Way to Shop?

On his Per Square Mile blog, Tim de Chant has been kind enough to answer one of mankind's biggest existential questions: What’s more energy efficient, shopping online or in stores?

August 25, 2013 - Per Square Mile

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