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Sustainability 2018, 10(7), 2427; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10072427

Selling Remanufactured Products under One Roof or Two? A Sustainability Analysis on Channel Structures for New and Remanufactured Products

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School of Management and Economics, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 611731, China
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Department of Logistics, School of Business Administration, Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics, Nanchang 330013, China
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Sichuan Province Cyclic Economy Research Center, Mianyang 621010, China
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 13 June 2018 / Revised: 5 July 2018 / Accepted: 9 July 2018 / Published: 11 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue How Retailers Could Contribute to Sustainable Development)
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Abstract

Even though many manufacturers integrate remanufacturing into existing business models, it should be noted that such efforts are usually accompanied by a major concern for cannibalization of new product sales from remanufactured products. To deal with this problem, many manufacturers, such as Dell, adopt a “two-roof policy” where the sale of new products takes place in a store and their remanufactured products in another. However, in contrast, some manufacturers, including Apple and HP, adopt a “one-roof policy”, by which all new and remanufactured products are sold through one store/chain. Although the literature on remanufacturing has extensively addressed sustainability issues within operations management, little attention has been paid to how “differentiated roof policy” for the marketing of remanufactured products affects sustainability issues. To fill this gap, in this paper, the authors develop two theoretical models in which manufacturers have the flexibility to distribute new and remanufactured products (1) through a one-roof policy (Model O) or (2) through a two-roof policy (Model T), respectively, and strive to address the question of how differentiated roof policies impact sustainability issues related to remanufacturing operations. Among other results, the central result suggests that, if the manufacturers care about economic performance, distributing both products through a two-roof policy is an advantageous strategy. Conversely, if they care about environmental sustainability, one roof is the preferred strategy. View Full-Text
Keywords: roof policy; sustainability; environmental impacts; remanufacturing operations; game theory roof policy; sustainability; environmental impacts; remanufacturing operations; game theory
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Liu, Y.; Cheng, Y.; Chen, H.; Guo, S.; Lu, Y. Selling Remanufactured Products under One Roof or Two? A Sustainability Analysis on Channel Structures for New and Remanufactured Products. Sustainability 2018, 10, 2427.

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