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International Journal of Remanufacturing (3 papers in press)
Integration of Flexibility in Reverse Supply Chain Planning Process by Kanchan Das Abstract: This research formulates reverse supply chain (RSC) flexibility criteria and integrates them in a closed loop supply chain planning model for improving overall business performances and sustainability. Proposed RSC flexibility criteria include, a) channel selection strategy to collect customer returned products (returnable); b) product design and recovery strategy to recover components, modules, and products from returnable; and c) product categorization strategy for marketing new, recovered, and mixed quality level product. Each flexibility criteria is formulated independently to provide options to supply chains (SCs) to incorporate all or select ones in their planning process. The benefits, applicability, and integration procedures of proposed flexibility considerations are demonstrated through a numerical example. Keywords: Reverse supply chain; flexibility formulation; collection channel; mixed integer programming model; recovery services; mixed quality level product.
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.
Ink and toner cartridges remanufacturing in Greece by Eleni Chrysagi, Nikolaos Rachaniotis, Giannis Tsoulfas, Katerina Sarri Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to present the ink and toner cartridges sector focusing in Greece (manufacturers, main suppliers, retailers, recyclers and remanufacturers) and the problems remanufacturers face from clone and counterfeit products. The sectors closed-loop supply chain key players are presented and its external micro and macro environment is analysed. Moreover, a survey is conducted attempting to highlight remanufacturers behaviour towards their customers. The major findings are the remanufacturers point of view about their customers options and an in-depth analysis of the main reasons that put Greek individual remanufacturers profession into transformation danger. Finally, an attempt is made in order to suggest sustainability solutions and predict future actions for the sector in Greece. The paper according to the authors knowledge is the first to specifically capture the Greek ink and toner cartridges remanufacturing sector and one of the very few in the relevant international research literature. Keywords: Closed-loop supply chains; Greece; Computer Industry.