Climate change events likely to spark run on last-mile logistics facilities

Concerns over consumer access to goods during freak weather could be assuaged by online suppliers renting warehouses close to urban centres, writes Donal Buckley

11th March, 2018
The scene during the red weather warning last week: could the problem be solved by renting warehouses? Picture: PA

Storm Emma brought home the growing importance of last-mile deliveries for consumers, retailers and logistics companies. It highlighted how distance from suppliers makes consumers more vulnerable to major weather events, from blizzards to tropical storms.

Deprived by Emma of traditional retail therapy, many consumers sought solace through online purchasing. Some Irish retailers who lost business during the snow “tried to offset their losses in bricks and mortar by advertising heavily online and offering up to...

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