International Journal of Production Research volume 57, issue 23, P7361-7394 2018 DOI: 10.1080/00207543.2018.1510191 View full text
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Thanos E. Goltsos, Borja Ponte, Shixuan Wang, Ying Liu, Mohamed M. Naim, Aris A. Syntetos

Abstract: Recent years have witnessed companies abandon traditional open-loop supply chain structures in favour of closed-loop variants, in a bid to mitigate environmental impacts and exploit economic opportunities. Central to the closed-loop paradigm is remanufacturing: the restoration of used products to useful life. While this operational model has huge potential to extend product life-cycles, the collection and recovery processes diminish the effectiveness of existing control mechanisms for open-loop systems. We sy…

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