This paper makes use of a unique dataset on the population of online food provisioning services to shed light on the organization of the food e-commerce in the Italian context. Building on the opposition between pipelines and platforms, we propose a categorization of the different forms of organization within each business model and examine how they differ. Hence, we concentrate on food platforms to discuss the implications this new business model may have for both producers and consumers. We highlight three critical areas that warrant further at tention. First, in view of the EU regulatory framework, we discuss the potential implications for consumer protection; second, we reflect on the ways the potential success of the platform model could change labour market relations between producers and platform owners; third, we point out the differences and similarities platforms have with alternative food networks (AFNs). In the conclusion, we reflect on future research devel opments and on the possible trajectories that online grocery shopping could take in light of the disruption caused by COVID19.

Towards food platforms? An analysis of online food provisioning services in Italy / Oncini, Filippo; Bozzini, Emanuela; Forno, Francesca; Magnani, Natalia. - In: GEOFORUM. - ISSN 0016-7185. - 2020:(2020), pp. 1-9. [10.1016/j.geoforum.2020.06.004]

Towards food platforms? An analysis of online food provisioning services in Italy

Oncini, Filippo;Bozzini, Emanuela;Forno, Francesca;Magnani, Natalia
2020-01-01

Abstract

This paper makes use of a unique dataset on the population of online food provisioning services to shed light on the organization of the food e-commerce in the Italian context. Building on the opposition between pipelines and platforms, we propose a categorization of the different forms of organization within each business model and examine how they differ. Hence, we concentrate on food platforms to discuss the implications this new business model may have for both producers and consumers. We highlight three critical areas that warrant further at tention. First, in view of the EU regulatory framework, we discuss the potential implications for consumer protection; second, we reflect on the ways the potential success of the platform model could change labour market relations between producers and platform owners; third, we point out the differences and similarities platforms have with alternative food networks (AFNs). In the conclusion, we reflect on future research devel opments and on the possible trajectories that online grocery shopping could take in light of the disruption caused by COVID19.
Oncini, Filippo; Bozzini, Emanuela; Forno, Francesca; Magnani, Natalia
Towards food platforms? An analysis of online food provisioning services in Italy / Oncini, Filippo; Bozzini, Emanuela; Forno, Francesca; Magnani, Natalia. - In: GEOFORUM. - ISSN 0016-7185. - 2020:(2020), pp. 1-9. [10.1016/j.geoforum.2020.06.004]
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