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Survey On The Transition In Urban Retailing Space From The Evolution Of Location Choice By Applying Information Technologies


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H. C. Chang & K. W. Tsou


The demand for traditional urban commercial space is mainly influenced by location choice theory which is dominated by the agglomerate economy. Recently, the popularity of information and communication technologies has formed a new operating pattern of e-commerce and has impacted the character of conventional location choice. This paper attempts to explore the relationship of the effect between the agglomerate economy and information technologies on retailing location choice. This study examines the extent of the application of e-commerce by conducting a questionnaire survey for various types of retail stores, constructing and analyzing the relationship between them from managers’ cognitive viewpoints, and further clarifying possible transitions of urban commercial spaces in the information age. Keywords: agglomerate economy, e-commerce, information technologies. 1 Introduction To plan spatial use patterns and modes by combining the development and application of information and communication technology is one of the critical issues facing the sustainable management of cities. The means of information and communication technology have eventually made the city boundaries unintelligible, therefore a new space of flows has been formulated. Theoretically speaking, it is possible to associate with the world through a real-time system, and new economic and social activities which are not restricted by distance or time have emerged.


agglomerate economy, e-commerce, information technologies.