Ann Oper Res 2021 Jul 19:1-25. Epub 2021 Jul 19.
Supply Chain and Logistics Optimization Research Centre, Department of Mechanical, Automotive and Materials Engineering, University of Windsor, Windsor, Canada.
We consider the joint decision problem of renting three types of warehouses and allocating products among the warehouses in an E-commerce supply network, which are supplier, regional, and local warehouses. The research is motivated by a real-world emerging problem in an open warehouse platform (OWP) environment. We focus on the distinct characteristics of a network using an OWP and its underlying cost drivers and propose a nonlinear mixed integer programming model that reflects the interdependencies among inbound transportation, warehousing, delivery, and return, as well as time-sensitive demand. Read More