Impacts of e-commerce on warehousing and distribution in California

The purpose of this research is to document and analyze trends in location patterns of warehousing and distribution (WD) activity in California over the past decade, and to explore the relationship between these trends and the growth of e-commerce. This research builds on a previous study of WD trends in California 2003-2013 and extends to 2021. The research will have two parts. Part 1 is a descriptive analysis of WD trends, including the distribution and change in overall numbers of W&Ds, change in WD distribution with respect to general population and employment trends; change in WD spatial patterns, using location quotient as well as the average distance to the central business district (CBD) over time. Part 2 examines possible explanatory factors for the observed trends using statistical models.


  • English


  • Status: Programmed
  • Funding: $100000
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    METRANS Transportation Consortium

    University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA  United States 
  • Project Managers:

    Hong, Jennifer

    Bruner, Britain

  • Principal Investigators:

    Giuliano, Genevieve

  • Start Date: 20240101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20241231
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01893868
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: 65A0674
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Sep 21 2023 1:52PM