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International Journal of Remanufacturing (1 paper in press)
Simultaneous design of a product and its Closed-loop Supply Chain: An optimization model by Oulfa Labbi, Latifa Ouzizi, Mohammed Douimi Abstract: This paper deals with a recent approach that tackles the product and the supply chain design issues simultaneously. Supply chain constraints are integrated into product design phase and product specificities are considered while determining supply chain structure. Moreover, reverse logistics activities are integrated to recapture value of used products and to set a closed-loop supply chain (CLSC) network.
We study the case of an existing products redesign. For the product design, bill of materials is considered. For the CLSC configuration, suppliers selection, assembling process choice, distribution and recycling centers location are considered as well as sub-contractors selection. Design team offers several product design alternatives. To determine simultaneously the optimal redesign alternative accompanied with its optimal CLSC configuration, a mixed integer linear programming formulation is proposed. Since the product could be returned during its entire life cycle, time periods in the model are considered to be product life cycle phases.
Keywords: Closed-loop Supply chain design; Product redesign; Supply chain optimization; reverse logistic; Mixed integer linear programming.