Special Issue "Reverse Logistics for Sustainability"

A special issue of Logistics (ISSN 2305-6290).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 November 2018)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rajesh Piplani

Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering Cluster, Nanyang Technological University, N3-02c-84, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798, Singapore
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Interests: supply chain planning; supply network design; reverse logistics; production planning; Industry 4.0; sustainable supply chains; inventory planning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Supply chain sustainability has attained special importance as triple-bottom line issues take center stage in the operations of multi-national companies. In order to reduce the carbon footprint of their supply chains, more and more companies are exploring ways to bring products back into the system their forward chains ship out. Such reverse flow of used or faulty products can enable companies to reduce the consumption of raw material/components, while refurbishment of used systems can facilitate the reuse of a majority of the systems that are still as-good-as-new.

This Special Issue will focus on models, cases and examples of reverse logistics strategies that enable sustainability of supply chains.

Authors are cordially invited to submit papers to Logistics for this Special Issue. Manuscripts can be submitted on any of the following topics:

  1. Supply chain sustainability with a focus on reverse logistics
  2. Reverse logistics strategies for enabling sustainability
  3. Models of reverse logistics strategies
  4. Cases and examples of reverse logistics strategies

We especially welcome real-life applications of reverse logistics strategies in companies.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rajesh Piplani
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Reverse Logistics
  • Design for Repair
  • Remanufacturing
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Supply Chain Sustainability

Published Papers (2 papers)

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A Pricing and Acquisition Strategy for New and Remanufactured High-Technology Products
Received: 15 November 2018 / Revised: 28 January 2019 / Accepted: 7 February 2019 / Published: 21 February 2019
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New generations of high-technology products are frequently launched before the previous model is sold out. Customers have an incentive to end the use of their old product and purchase a new one with the latest technological innovations. The unsold old models become less [...] Read more.
New generations of high-technology products are frequently launched before the previous model is sold out. Customers have an incentive to end the use of their old product and purchase a new one with the latest technological innovations. The unsold old models become less attractive, while the supply of remanufactured products from end-of-use products is uncertain in time, quantity, and quality. Other than adjusting the price, upgrading the returning unsold new products may be a source of remedy. This study provides profit maximization models associated with customer choice demand functions based on manufacturer, retailer, and joint supply chain scenarios. Two acquisition strategies are compared: acquire end-of-use products only and collect both end-of-use products and unsold old-style new products. The results reveal that returning the optimal quantity of overstocked new products brings about a greater benefit in all scenarios. Compared to the remanufacturer, the retailer is the optimal undertaker for collecting used products. In addition to this, slow technological development of the new-generation model causes a decrease in profit for the manufacturer. The optimal quantity of new products to be bought back decreases, because both the manufacturer and the retailer prefer to promote unsold outmoded products rather than upgrade the used products. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Reverse Logistics for Sustainability)
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Analysis of Factors Causing Delays in the Diesel Engine Remanufacturing Process at an Indonesian Company
Received: 13 November 2018 / Revised: 3 December 2018 / Accepted: 13 December 2018 / Published: 20 December 2018
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HeavyEq is an Indonesian company that remanufactures diesel engines for the mining industry. The company experiences delays in the remanufacturing process that lead to a sales backlog. The main purpose of this paper is to identify the root cause of, and propose a [...] Read more.
HeavyEq is an Indonesian company that remanufactures diesel engines for the mining industry. The company experiences delays in the remanufacturing process that lead to a sales backlog. The main purpose of this paper is to identify the root cause of, and propose a solution to, the problem. A fishbone diagram is developed to identify the root cause, and the results show that delays in the remanufacturing process are mainly caused by uncertainty over cores (used engines) in terms of their arrival time, quantity, and quality. Based on a literature review and interviews with experts, an improvement in core acquisition activity, separating job orders for disassembly and recovery, and reassembly processes is proposed to reduce delays in the remanufacturing process. Full article
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