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Simple heuristics for push and pull remanufacturing policies

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  • van der Laan, Erwin A.
  • Teunter, Ruud H.

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Inventory policies for joint remanufacturing and manufacturing have recently received much attention. Most efforts, though, were related to (optimal) policy structures and numerical optimization, rather than closed form expressions for calculating near optimal policy parameters. The focus of this paper is on the latter. We analyze an inventory system with unit product returns and demands where remanufacturing is the cheaper alternative for manufacturing. Manufacturing is also needed, however, since there are less returns than demands. The cost structure consists of setup costs, holding costs, and backorder costs. Manufacturing and remanufacturing orders have non-zero lead times. To control the system we use certain extensions of the familiar (s,Q) policy, called push and pull remanufacturing policies. For all policies we present simple, closed form formulae for approximating the optimal policy parameters under a cost minimization objective. In an extensive numerical study we show that the proposed formulae lead to near-optimal policy parameters.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal European Journal of Operational Research.

Volume (Year): 175 (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 (December)
Pages: 1084-1102

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ejores:v:175:y:2006:i:2:p:1084-1102

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  1. Fleischmann, Moritz & Bloemhof-Ruwaard, Jacqueline M. & Dekker, Rommert & van der Laan, Erwin & van Nunen, Jo A. E. E. & Van Wassenhove, Luk N., 1997. "Quantitative models for reverse logistics: A review," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 103(1), pages 1-17, November.
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  1. Hsueh, Che-Fu, 2011. "An inventory control model with consideration of remanufacturing and product life cycle," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 133(2), pages 645-652, October.
  2. Poles, Roberto, 2013. "System Dynamics modelling of a production and inventory system for remanufacturing to evaluate system improvement strategies," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 144(1), pages 189-199.
  3. Kim, Eungab & Saghafian, Soroush & Van Oyen, Mark P., 2013. "Joint control of production, remanufacturing, and disposal activities in a hybrid manufacturing–remanufacturing system," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 231(2), pages 337-348.
  4. Feng, Yan & Viswanathan, S., 2014. "Heuristics with guaranteed performance bounds for a manufacturing system with product recovery," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 232(2), pages 322-329.
  5. Sebnem Ahiska, S. & King, Russell E., 2010. "Inventory optimization in a one product recoverable manufacturing system," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 124(1), pages 11-19, March.
  6. Ahiska, S. Sebnem & King, Russell E., 2010. "Life cycle inventory policy characterizations for a single-product recoverable system," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 124(1), pages 51-61, March.
  7. Vercraene, Samuel & Gayon, Jean-Philippe & Flapper, Simme Douwe, 2014. "Coordination of manufacturing, remanufacturing and returns acceptance in hybrid manufacturing/remanufacturing systems," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 148(C), pages 62-70.
  8. Retel Helmrich, M. & Jans, R.F. & van den Heuvel, W.J. & Wagelmans, A.P.M., 2010. "Economic lot-sizing with remanufacturing: complexity and efficient formulations," Econometric Institute Research Papers EI 2010-71, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), Econometric Institute.

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