This paper proposes development of an Inventory and Fulfillment Center (IFC) that will provide a new range of outsourced, centralized storage and services for shopping mall tenants. The paper describes the competitive issues faced by shopping mall tenants, the requirements and features of a centralized, outsourced storage and fulfillment facility, and development of an agent-based model in AnyLogic® to demonstrate the concept. The range of research and business challenges introduced by this new concept are also presented.
Progress in Material Handling Research: 2016
Montreuil, Zachary and Ogle, Mike, "Outsourced Storage and Fulfillment Facility to Enhance the Service Capabilities of Shopping Mall Tenants" (2016). 14th IMHRC Proceedings (Karlsruhe, Germany – 2016). 22.