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Internet Retailer has a story about how "internet, e-commerce, mobile communications and urbanization are driving a revolution in retail, and, as a result, changing the nature of the warehouse as we know it."

The argument is that distribution centers cannot any longer be cookie-cutter facilities places in remote locations. They have to be "highly varied in size, shape, purpose and intent, and deploy technology to meet rising customer service expectations. This means e-commerce managers have to think differently about the location of their distribution centers. Successful retail stores can thrive only to the extent that they are accessible to large numbers of customers. Just so, logistics spaces that serve e-commerce interests are also often best placed near population centers. That way they can better facilitate speedy 'last-mile' delivery."

Which explains why Amazon has been building distribution centers pretty much everywhere for the last few years.

You can read the entire story here.
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