Reverse Supply Chains: Issues and Analysis

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  • Highlights how a current issue can be effectively approached in a particular decision-making situation, using a suitable quantitative technique or a suitable combination of two or more quantitative techniques
  • Details three strategies and four derived schemes for delivery and pickup problems, using examples to highlight the pros and cons of each
  • Provides a foundation for those interested in building bodies of knowledge in the new and fast-growing area of reverse supply chains
  • Develops methodologies using such popular industrial engineering and operations research techniques as linear integer programming, simulation modeling, queuing theory, goal programming, linear physical programming, material requirements planning, and analytical hierarchy process
  • Covers the evolution of reverse supply chain that has taken place in recent years and sheds light on new areas that have come into focus together with the avenues for future research
  • Addresses the state of the art of reverse supply chains, rather than the generic area of supply chain management


Winner of IIE Book of the Month, December 2013

The introduction of reverse supply chains has created many challenges in network design, transportation, selection of used products, selection and evaluation of suppliers, performance measurement, marketing-related issues, end-of-life (EOL) alternative selection, remanufacturing, disassembly, and product acquisition management, to name a few. Under the guidance of an expert editor and with contributions from pioneers in the field, Reverse Supply Chains: Issues and Analysis addresses several important issues faced by strategic, tactical, and operation planners of reverse supply chains, using efficient models in a variety of decision-making situations providing easy-to-use mathematical and/or simulation modeling-based solution methodologies for a majority of the issues.

The book introduces the basic concepts of reverse logistics and systematically analyzes the literature by classifying more than 400 published references into five major types of product returns. It then identifies the basic activities and scope of reverse logistics, examining its drivers and barriers as well as major issues and challenges. The chapters cover metrics for quantitatively comparing competing new-product designs for end-of-life disassembly on a reverse production line, how to use the theory of constraints thinking processes to determine the core problems in reverse logistics, and an integrated multi-criteria decision-making methodology using Taguchi loss functions AHP (Analytic Hierarchy Process) and fuzzy programming. They explore issues associated with remanufacturing and green and resilient supply chain management and propose system modeling based on graph theory and network flows application to analyze material resource flows in the life cycle of a product.

Reverse supply chains is a new and fast growing area of research and only a handful of books are on the market, however those books discuss specific projects rather than provide a cohesive focus on the topics. This book will provide a foundation and understanding of the topic and also highlight how current issues can be approached in a decision-making situation—using the appropriate technique.

Table of Contents

Reverse Logistics, Mehmet Ali Ilgin and Surendra M. Gupta
Issues and Challenges in Reverse Logistics, Samir K. Srivastava
New-Product Design Metrics for Efficient Reverse Supply Chains, Seamus M. McGovern and Surendra M. Gupta
Application of Theory of Constraints’ Thinking Processes in a Reverse Logistics Process, Hilmi Yüksel
Modeling Supplier Selection in Reverse Supply Chains, Kenichi Nakashima and Surendra M. Gupta
General Modeling Framework for Cost/Benefit Analysis of Remanufacturing, Niloufar Ghoreishi, Mark J. Jakiela, and Ali Nekouzadeh
Integrated Inventory Models for Retail Pricing and Return Reimbursements in a JIT Environment for Remanufacturing a Product, Xiangrong Liu, Avijit Banerjee, Seung-Lae Kim, and Ruo Du
Advanced Remanufacturing-to-Order and Disassembly-to-Order System under Demand/Decision Uncertainty, Onder Ondemir and Surendra M. Gupta
Importance of Green and Resilient SCM Practices for the Competitiveness of the Automotive Industry: A Multinational Perspective, Susana G. Azevedo, V. Cruz-Machado, Joerg S. Hofstetter, Elizabeth A. Cudney, and Tian Yihui
Balanced Principal Solution for Green Supply Chain under Governmental Regulations, Neelesh Agrawal, Lovelesh Agarwal, F.T.S. Chan, and M.K. Tiwari
Barrier Analysis to Improve Green in Existing Supply Chain Management, Mathiyazhagan Kaliyan, Kannan Govindan, and Noorul Haq
River Formation Dynamics Approach for Sequence-Dependent Disassembly Line Balancing Problem, Can B. Kalayci and Surendra M. Gupta
Graph-Based Approach for Modeling, Simulation, and Optimization of Life Cycle Resource Flows, Fabio Giudice
Delivery and Pickup Problems with Time Windows: Strategy and Modeling, Ying-Yen Chen and Hsiao-Fan Wang
Materials Flow Analysis as a Tool for Understanding Long-Term Developments, A.J.D. Lambert, J.L. Schippers, W.H.P.M. van Hooff, H.W. Lintsen, and F.C.A. Veraart
Author Index
Subject Index

Editorial Reviews

… addresses a very important issue, reverse supply chain management, which soon is expected become mandatory for various business due to environmental, regulatory and financial considerations. The timing of the book couldn't be more appropriate. … will allow the readers to understand the reverse supply chains better as well as will aid in their decision making processes while trying to decide on the problem solving methodologies they should involve.
Elif Kongar, University of Bridgeport, Connecticut

… This is a timely issue which contains a fine and balanced selection of ethodologies and practical results in the field of the pacing "green manufacturing" industries. It is likely to be of use both for academia people and industry practitioners interested in gaining a competitive advance for their organizations.
F.G. Filip, The Romanian Academy, Bucharest

This book gives a thorough view of a large number of important issues in Reverse Logistics, with detailed surveys, mathematical models, analyses, case studies, and numerical examples. It is self-contained for any academician or practitioner interested in Reverse Logistics, Environmentally Conscious Production, and Reverse/Closed-loop Supply Chain Management.
—Kishore Kumar Pochampally, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester