If you live in Wiesbaden and order a book from online retailer Amazon, it's not unusual that the book is delivered from Poland, even if the publisher is based in Frankfurt. This has led to an insane number of delivery trucks on Germany's roads with some 800,000 packages being returned daily, resulting in CO2 emissions of 400 tons for returns alone.
The shift in consumer purchasing to the Internet not only impacts the environment, but also has detrimental effects on local business. Rather than supporting independent local retailers, many people buy from multinational companies which have overwhelming market power. The outcome: A growing number of small stores have had to close, city centres are dying out, and the diversity of products is dropping due to the dwindling number of specialist stores.