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Online shopping boosts retail logistics

By: David Howells
20 December 2011

The growing popularity of online shopping has had a knock-on affect on logistics and driving reports.

With more consumers than ever taking to undertaking their shopping online, firms have started to find logistics emerging as one of the major aspects of their operations.

As online shopping gains momentum, numerous businesses have taken to opening warehouses and distribution facilities to help sort and deliver goods bought online, with Bristol emerging as one of the most popular destinations, being able to cover vast areas of Wales and the West of England.

This has lead to an influx of logistics jobs in the west, as retailers use logistics to manage their online sales, which have grown in 2011 by an average of 14 per cent.

Speaking to of the trend, head of Colliers International Tim Davies explained: "Dramatically changing shopping habits have resulted in millions of people sitting at home to track down their Christmas gifts online rather than traipsing about the high street.

"We are seeing retailers returning to the industrial sector to ensure they have adequate logistical support for the unexpectedly steep surge in online business. Contrary to most reports, the public appears to be spending fairly freely but it is the way they are spending which is changing out of all recognition. The whole process is being driven by advances in technology but - however people are buying - retailers still require a good old warehouse to support the increase in business."

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