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An integrated replenishment-recruitment policy in a sustainable retailing system for deteriorating products

Zeinab Sazvar and Mehran Sepehri

Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 2020, vol. 69, issue C

Abstract: Currently, retail facilities play a significant role both economically and socially for their contributions to job creation and to reducing unemployment. In this paper, economic, environmental, and social issues, including unemployment, job creation for the local workforce within their hometown, the immigration of an unemployed workforce, and the naturalization of non-natives are addressed for a retailer. We explore the class of deteriorating products from the viewpoint of its economic and environmental features. Then, a linear multi-objective mathematical model is developed to determine an integrated replenishment and recruitment policy for the retailer in the direction of sustainability. Using data from the flower industry, a numerical analysis is presented. The results indicate that if necessary facilities and infrastructures are provided to permanently settle qualified immigrants, both social and economic indicators will be improved. We also determine that by concentrating on strategies such as job creation for natives through retail facilities with no increase in production capacity and by applying careful policies for immigration and naturalization, social welfare can be improved.

Keywords: Deteriorating products; Job creation; Sustainable retailer; Immigration; Multi-objective programming; Native workforce (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.seps.2019.02.001

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