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The biggest challenge to the growth of e-commerce was always likely to the explosive nature of that growth, and so it has come to pass. It was only a question of time before the many cities already struggling with severe traffic congestion and pollution would start to look at the rapid increase in light commercial vehicle trips and ways of curtailing them. In London, local politicians are now considering forcing companies to ban workers from taking deliveries at their office, pushing more people to use click and collect services instead. Whatever happened to a “pop to the shops” during lunch hour?

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