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Automakers rely more than ever on just-in-time parts delivery to build their vehicles. It’s a strategy that could spill over to dealerships as some dealers say they foresee a future with drastically reduced lot size and inventory. Dealerships on large plots of land surrounded by massive parking lots could become a thing of the past. That would be welcome news for some, especially those dealerships near downtown cores in Toronto and Vancouver, where high and costs make storing vehicles expensive. “That was the old model, where a dealer would sell 100 cars per month and they’d have 200 or 300 available in the back lot,” said Shahin Alizadeh, CEO of Downtown Automotive Group in Toronto. “But most transactions now are primarily initiated online. And once you look at the cost of inventory, in terms of storage, they have become absolutely prohibitive. We are at a bit of a crossroads.”
The United States and Canada are engaged in a trade dispute, angering Canadians, but it doesn't seem to be having an impact on tourism.
Ottawa-based Shopify's e-commerce platform will power Aurora Cannabis's online sales and distribution site.