A dynamic agent-based analysis for the environmental impacts of conventional and novel book retailing

Ming Xu, Braden Allenby, Junbeum Kim, Ramzy Kahhat

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The dynamics of an e-commerce market and the associated environmental impacts from a bottom-up perspective using an agent-based model is explored. A conceptual meta-theory from psychology is adopted to form the behavioral rules of artificial consumers choosing different methods of buying a book, including conventional bookstores, e-commerce, and a proposed self-pick-up option. Given the energy and emissions savings that result from a shift to e-commerce from bookstore purchase, it appears that reductions in environmental impacts are relatively probable. Additionally, our results suggest that the shift to e-commerce is mainly due to the growth of Internet users, which ties energy and emissions savings to Internet penetration. Moreover, under any scenario, the energy and emissions savings will be provided by the introduction of the proposed self-pick-up option. Our model thus provides insights into market behaviors and related environmental impacts of the growing use of e-commerce systems at the retail level, and provides a basis for the development and implementation of more sustainable policies and practices.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)2851-2857
Número de páginas7
PublicaciónEnvironmental Science and Technology
Volumen43
N.º8
DOI
EstadoPublicada - 15 abr. 2009
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