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A case of exnovation evoked by the surge in E-commerce

Is E-commerce driving the decline of traditional retail?


Since a few years, e-commerce is experiencing phenomenal growth.  In parallel, independent retail is experiencing difficulties. The COVID-19 crisis and the following lockdown have certainly reinforced this trend.

Such a trend raises concerns over potential detrimental environmental impacts and the standard of living and the quality of life of inhabitants of Brussels.

The dynamics involved are however more complex than what appears at first sight. For example, online and offline channels are becoming intertwined, on both ends (retailers and consumers).

In GOSETE, we seek to address the following research questions:

Is the development of e-commerce resulting in the decline of traditional retail? Does exnovation take the form of ‘creative destruction’? What are the likely reconfigurations for the industry? And what about related sustainability issues?    

For more information on the origin of this research worksite: please read the complete dedicated article (in French)

If you are involved in this working area and you want to contribute to GOSETE by sharing your view: please contact us!

Blog articles · Retail trade

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E-commerce, zorgen over pakketbezorging

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Un chantier sur le commerce de détail?

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Press review · Retail trade

Le marché de l’occasion explose : quels sont les pièges à éviter?



L’explosion du e-commerce d’occasion, et ses impacts sur l’environnement et sur les acteurs établis de l’économie circulaire

Unizo wil baanwinkels bannen om leegstand in kernen tegen te gaan

De Krant van West-Vlaanderen


Unizo ijvert voor maatregelen om de verdwijning van winkels uit steden tegen te gaan



Amazon assouplit les conditions de travail dans ses entrepôts après un rapport sur les accidents

La Libre Eco


Le géant de l’e-commerce prend des mesures suite aux accusations des syndicats sur les conditions de travail dans ses entrepôts

Scientific publications · Retail trade

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Exnovation in the Brussels Capital Region

Regine Feltkamp and Ayana Dootalieva · 02/2021
Tous chantiers
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Environmental sustainability of the last mile in omnichannel retail

Buldeo Rai, H. · 2019
Commerce de détail
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Le commerce à Bruxelles : réconcilier l’urbain avec un secteur en reconfiguration

Wayens, B. et al. · 2020
Commerce de détail

Events · Retail trade

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