E-commerce, the archenemy of employment in France
Small businesses, the first to be affected by online sales
Very small retail businesses continue to be hardest hit by the impact of e-commerce, with 7,600 jobs destroyed in 2019. Thus, in 2019, Almost every job created in a company of 50 or more employees I lost two jobs at the smallest companies. These numbers are the result of a devastating phenomenon that has been around for years. Between 2009 and 2019, online sales expanded caused the destruction of nearly 85,000 jobs, Wholesale and retail combined. This phenomenon concerns all sectors (except for electronics and computers), but the clothing sector is the most affected by job destruction.
Worrying prospects for the future
The study confirms that very small businesses are no longer the only ones affected by the expansion of e-commerce. In fact, small and medium-sized companies suffered larger losses in 2019, while the pace of job creation in large companies slowed down significantly. If this trend continues – and everything indicates it will since then Many fashion and furniture brands closed their physical stores in 2020 and 2021 – Large companies will be affected, and therefore more employees will be affected, whose jobs will be threatened due to the development of e-commerce. The outcome will only be heavier.
French government complicity
Despite these alarming signs and Several arrests Some of us have been addressing the government of Emmanuel Macron for years, as it is deafening its ears and exacerbating the situation. contrary to our recommendations, Emmanuel Macron took to the red carpet For major e-commerce players, as evidenced by the number of warehouses Amazon has built over this five-year period. From 4 warehouses in 2017, it has grown to 44 in France today. This spread was made possible by various tax grants and other administrative and political support. However, the numbers are there. They are indebted and known to the public authorities: Internet sales are destroying jobs and businesses at high speed.
To protect jobs and social justice, it is imperative that the government finally regulates and supervises the e-commerce market.
E-commerce, a disastrous carbon footprint
Online selling not only destroys jobs but is also responsible for a large portion of greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, today 90% of emissions are associated with the manufacture of products – which often occurs in countries whose factories are powered by coal (China, Bangladesh, Vietnam, etc.), and is the main cause of global warming. Once manufactured and delivered to consumers in record time, the products are transported by air, a mode of transportation that increases the carbon footprint of the products.
The rise of online sales popularizes and enhances the imagination of abundance and accumulation. By minimizing the buying reaction to just a few clicks, the e-commerce industry is trying to hide the massive climate impact behind the gesture. Despite the many attempts at greenwashing, the e-commerce economic model is by definition climatecidal.