Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

Greg Walden examines fast-changing world of retail operations and logistics

March 7, 2018
Press Release

Greg Walden examines fast-changing world of retail operations and logistics

Click here or on the image above to view Walden’s remarks from today’s hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Continuing his efforts to examine the way emerging technology is impacting the everyday lives of consumers, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today led a hearing on the effect the Internet and advanced technology is having on retail, e-commerce, and delivery logistics. Highlighting the importance of the buildout of data centers in Oregon’s Second District to the state’s economy, Walden stressed the need to ensure continued innovation is not constrained by federal policy or regulation.

“My district is home to a number of data centers including Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon. It is pretty impressive the buildout that is happening there and the jobs that come with it, and how our economy is changing dramatically and rapidly,” said Walden. “So this is another part of our hearing sequence in looking at the future of innovation, and legacy rules and regulations that can actually constrain and hold back innovation. The Internet’s incredible ability to transform old ways of doing business is by now widely known, and in the retail space e-commerce has closed this gap between buyer and seller to the point where I can use a phone to order whatever I need.”

Today’s hearing, entitled “Review of Emerging Tech’s Impact on Retail Operations and Logistics,” focused on how the consumer-retailer relationship has been transformed in recent years due to the growth of e-commerce, new methods of payment, and convenient options for delivery. Walden’s committee today examined the impact this will have on the future of retail, e-commerce, and supply chain logistics.

Walden said policy makers should focus on the best interest of consumers, and not inhibit the growth of innovation and emerging technology in the retail marketplace.  

“The long and the short of it is, the customer is in charge. That is the way markets really work. We want to make sure that this marketplace continues to grow, and that we don’t stand in the way with federal policy and things that inhibit that growth,” said Walden.

For more information on today’s hearing, including a background memo, witness testimony, and archived webcast, click here.