Check out the latest WERC Sheet for a nice write-up about on-demand warehouses.
My research team and I are rethinking supply chain design. We are exploring creative solutions around on-demand warehousing and crowdsourced deliveries, in which marketplaces provide access to resources (when and where they are needed), rather than owning them. This creates a dynamic supply network, able to respond to changing demand requirements. But, such systems are inherently more complex than traditional systems. To address these challenges, we are working on new network design models to capture on-demand business models (for a quick overview, check out Flexe’s videos ) and will use these models to quantity the benefit in terms of access to scale, reduced commitment granularity, and reduced capacity granularity. We are also conducting basic research on how best to provide a set of decentralized users choice to entice them to provide access to their resources.