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Reverse Channel Design: Profitability vs. Environmental Benefits

Lan Wang, Gangshu Cai, Andy Tsay and Asoo Vaharia

A chapter in Sustainability in Logistics and Supply Chain Management: New Designs and Strategies, 2015, pp 153-181 from Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Institute of Business Logistics and General Management

Abstract: Environmental issues are a growing priority in supply chain management, which has heightened the interest in remanufacturing. A key attribute of a remanufacturing strategy is the division of labor in the reverse channel, especially whether the remanufacturing should be performed in-house or outsourced to a third party. We investigate this decision for a retailer who accepts returns of a remanufacturable product. Our formulation considers the relative cost-effectiveness of the two approaches, uncertainty in the input quality of the collected/returned used products, consumer willingness- to-pay for remanufactured product, and the extent to which the remanufactured product cannibalizes demand for new product. Our analysis predicts the retailer's propensity to remanufacture, which provides a metric of the environmental impact of each strategy.

Keywords: Reverse Channel Design; Remanufacturing; Outsourcing; Environmental Impact (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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