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Shopping Without Travel or Travel Without Shopping? An Investigation of Electronic Home Shopping

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  • Gould, Jane
  • Golob, Thomas F.

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This study explores the growth of electronic home shopping in terms of likely transportation and communication interactions. Although opportunities exist to shop from home today, most consumers initiate travel trips to stores or markets. Widespread use of automobiles has facilitated the retailing configurations we know today but the development of new electronic networks could changes this. This study establishes a baseline to explore shopping activities using two-day travel activity data from a large U.S. metropolitan area. It is found that people who telework from home today spend more time engaged in shopping activities than other workers. Potentially, their saved work travel is converted into new trips. IN the future, saved shopping travel might be converted into other types of travel, and modeling results show that for busy working women there is a latent demand for maintenance-related activities. The study results suggest that electronic home shopping will bring into play complex interactions between communications and transportation.

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  • Gould, Jane & Golob, Thomas F., 1997. "Shopping Without Travel or Travel Without Shopping? An Investigation of Electronic Home Shopping," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers qt6vc504h9, University of California Transportation Center.
  • Handle: RePEc:cdl:uctcwp:qt6vc504h9
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    1. Rotem-Mindali, Orit, 2010. "E-tail versus retail: The effects on shopping related travel empirical evidence from Israel," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 17(5), pages 312-322, September.
    2. Golob, Thomas F., 2003. "Structural equation modeling for travel behavior research," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 37(1), pages 1-25, January.
    3. Bhat, Chandra R. & Sivakumar, Aruna & Axhausen, Kay W., 2003. "An analysis of the impact of information and communication technologies on non-maintenance shopping activities," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 37(10), pages 857-881, December.
    4. Choo, Sangho, 2003. "Aggregate Relationships between Telecommunications and Travel: Structural Equation Modeling of Time Series Data," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers qt4p78h623, University of California Transportation Center.
    5. Golob, Thomas F., 2002. "travelbehavior.com - Activity Approaches to Modeling the Effects of Information Technology on Personal Travel Behavior," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers qt9t40s1mc, University of California Transportation Center.
    6. Ory, David T & Mokhtarian, Patricia L, 2007. "Description of a Northern California Shopping Survey Data Collection Effort," Institute of Transportation Studies, Working Paper Series qt7k9413nw, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Davis.
    7. Amalia Polydoropoulou & Athena Tsirimpa, 2012. "Women’s Time Use with ICT and Physical Travel in Greek Urban and Rural Areas," SPOUDAI Journal of Economics and Business, SPOUDAI Journal of Economics and Business, University of Piraeus, vol. 62(1-2), pages 72-91, January -.
    8. Xuemei Fu & Zhicai Juan, 2016. "Empirical analysis and comparisons about time-allocation patterns across segments based on mode-specific preferences," Transportation, Springer, vol. 43(1), pages 37-51, January.
    9. Xinyu Cao & Patricia L Mokhtarian & Susan L Handy, 2007. "Cross-sectional and quasi-panel explorations of the connection between the built environment and auto ownership," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 39(4), pages 830-847, April.
    10. Farag, Sendy & Schwanen, Tim & Dijst, Martin & Faber, Jan, 2007. "Shopping online and/or in-store? A structural equation model of the relationships between e-shopping and in-store shopping," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 41(2), pages 125-141, February.
    11. Xuemei Fu & Zhicai Juan, 2016. "Empirical analysis and comparisons about time-allocation patterns across segments based on mode-specific preferences," Transportation, Springer, vol. 43(1), pages 37-51, January.
    12. Golob, Thomas F., 1999. "A Simultaneous Model of Household Activity Participation and Trip Chain Generation," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers qt0w16g0x2, University of California Transportation Center.
    13. Golob, Thomas F., 2000. "A simultaneous model of household activity participation and trip chain generation," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 34(5), pages 355-376, June.
    14. Mokhtarian, Patricia & Meenakshisundaram, Ravikumar, 1999. "Beyond Tele-Substitution: Disaggregate Longitudinal Structural Equations Modeling of Communication Impacts," Institute of Transportation Studies, Working Paper Series qt4hg365gh, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Davis.
    15. Golob, Thomas F., 2011. "Structural Equation Modeling For Travel Behavior Research," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers qt2pn5j58n, University of California Transportation Center.
    16. Golob, Thomas F., 1999. "A Simultaneous Model of Household Activity Participation and Trip Chain Generation," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers qt6xc704kp, University of California Transportation Center.
    17. Golob, Thomas F., 2001. "Structural Equation Modeling For Travel Behavior Research," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers qt8pb2m1pk, University of California Transportation Center.

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