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The impact of control strategies on the management of returnable transport items

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  • Hellström, Daniel
  • Johansson, Ola
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    This research examines the impact of different control strategies on the management of returnable transport items (RTIs) in closed-loop supply chains. A simulation model is developed based on an empirical case and is used to explore different scenarios. The results suggest that the choice of control strategy has a significant impact on investments and operating costs, and that RTI shrinkage can be controlled either through the use of tracking systems, or choice of control strategy. Moreover, a simulation-based method for estimating the fleet size required to operate the system for the different strategies is presented.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review.

    Volume (Year): 46 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 6 (November)
    Pages: 1128-1139

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:transe:v:46:y:2010:i:6:p:1128-1139

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    Keywords: Closed-loop supply chain Materials management Packaging Returnable Reverse logistics Tracking;

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    Cited by:
    1. Mihi Ramírez, Antonio, 2012. "Product return and logistics knowledge: Influence on performance of the firm," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 48(6), pages 1137-1151.

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