Title: Optimisation of green reverse supply chain network: a case study in the dairy industry

Authors: Zeinab Zarrat Dakhely Parast; Soroush Avakh Darestani; Hassan Haleh

Addresses: Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, Islamic Azad University, Qazvin Branch, Qazvin, Iran ' Guidhall School of Business and Law, London Metropolitan University, London, UK ' Department of Industrial Engineering, Golpayegan Faculty of Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Iran

Abstract: In addition to reducing chain costs, it is possible to meet the chain greening goals by considering both forward and reverse flows in designing a supply chain network. Utilising strategies such as vehicle routing accompanied by simultaneous pickup and delivery, hub location, and inventory management will also help reduce costs and make the chain greener. The importance of developing the green reverse supply chain networks and applying these strategies has increased by emerging the perishable product chain. In this regard, the present paper aims to develop a green reverse supply chain network for the distribution of dairy products including yogurt drinks with the possibility of simultaneous pickup and delivery under uncertainty. In the current model, the minimisation of total chain costs and lost demand is simultaneously considered and a fuzzy solution method is provided to solve the bi-objective model.

Keywords: green reverse network; location-inventory-routing problem; mathematical programming model; fuzzy solution approach; dairy industry.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMDM.2023.134048

International Journal of Management and Decision Making, 2023 Vol.22 No.4, pp.412 - 433

Received: 19 Apr 2022
Accepted: 07 Jun 2022

Published online: 10 Oct 2023 *

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