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Thursday, January 11, 2018

NY/NJ/CT WERCouncil: Joint Meeting with APICS

05:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Register Today: NY/NJ/CT WERCouncil: Joint Meeting with APICS

APICS Greater North Jersey Chapter and the NY/NJ/CT WERCouncil
Joint Education & Networking Dinner
Thursday, January 11, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

On-Demand Warehousing Models
Presented by Jennifer Pazour
Assistant Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Today's customers expect quick delivery of a wide assortment of products, in small units, to many dispersed locations. Such demanding customer expectations have been driven largely by Amazon's delivery promises, facilitated through their extensive distribution network. To fulfill these requirements, companies have three options for increasing their storage and distribution needs: build a dedicated distribution center, lease for long-term use, or share access to a facility on-demand for short-term use (a system similar to AirBnb, but for warehouses and distribution centers). On-demand systems provide resource elasticity by allowing capacity decisions to be made at finer granularity (at the pallet-level) and commitment (monthly, versus yearly), and by providing access to scale.

When and how much value is there for users of on-demand distribution system? How should existing companies update their distribution capacity decisions based on the availability of short-term use? To answer these questions, on-demand systems should be analyzed objectively. We explore the competitive landscape and characteristics of on-demand warehousing and logistics systems, as well as compare and contrast on-demand business models with traditional models. Research conducted by Ph.D. student Kaan Unnu and myself, creates novel mixed integer linear programming models and specialized efficient solution algorithms decide location-allocation in a dynamic network with three distribution options (build, lease, on-demand) simultaneously. Computational experiments, utilizing the mathematical models, are used to identify significant factors impacting performance and to codify policy recommendations.

5:30 PM - 6:25 PM Registration & Networking 
6:25 PM - 6:35 PM Welcome & Introductions
6:35 PM - 7:30 PM Buffet Dinner & Networking
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Presentation & Q&A
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Member: $40.00
Non-member: $50.00

Cucina Calandra's / Best Western Executive Inn
216 Route 46 East
Fairfield, New Jersey


For questions regarding registration, please contact the WERC Office at 630.320.5807 or

RSVP Deadline: Monday, January 8 at 3:00 PM
  • Pre-registration is required through the link below.
  • Speaker and Host reserve the right to decline admissions to any direct competitor on the attendee list.
  • There are no refunds and/or credits for cancellations of this event after the RSVP deadline date. 


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