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Inventory Management of Remanufacturable Products

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  • L. Beril Toktay

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    (Technology Management, INSEAD, 77305 Fontainebleau, France)

  • Lawrence M. Wein

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    (Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; Massachusetts 02139)

  • Stefanos A. Zenios

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    (Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305)

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    Abstract

    We address the procurement of new components for recyclable products in the context of Kodak's single-use camera. The objective is to find an ordering policy that minimizes the total expected procurement, inventory holding, and lost sales cost. Distinguishing characteristics of the system are the uncertainty and unobservability associated with return flows of used cameras. We model the system as a closed queueing network, develop a heuristic procedure for adaptive estimation and control, and illustrate our methods with disguised data from Kodak. Using this framework, we investigate the effects of various system characteristics such as informational structure, procurement delay, demand rate, and length of the product's life cycle.

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    Article provided by INFORMS in its journal Management Science.

    Volume (Year): 46 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 11 (November)
    Pages: 1412-1426

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    Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:46:y:2000:i:11:p:1412-1426

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    Keywords: closed queueing networks; production control; em algorithms; distributed lag model;

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    2. Gernot Lechner & Marc Reimann, 2013. "The effect of active used product acquisition on manufacturing and remanufacturing strategies," Working Paper Series, Social and Economic Sciences 2013-01, Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Karl-Franzens-University Graz.
    3. Tang, Christopher S. & Zhou, Sean, 2012. "Research advances in environmentally and socially sustainable operations," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 223(3), pages 585-594.
    4. Mukhopadhyay, Samar K. & Ma, Huafan, 2009. "Joint procurement and production decisions in remanufacturing under quality and demand uncertainty," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 120(1), pages 5-17, July.
    5. Vercraene, Samuel & Gayon, Jean-Philippe, 2013. "Optimal control of a production-inventory system with productreturns," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 142(2), pages 302-310.
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    7. de Koster, M.B.M. & de Brito, M.P. & van de Vendel, M.A., 2002. "How to organise return handling; an exploratory study with nine retailer warehouses," Econometric Institute Research Papers EI 2002-11, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), Econometric Institute.
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    9. 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.
    10. Mitra, Subrata, 2009. "Analysis of a two-echelon inventory system with returns," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 37(1), pages 106-115, February.
    11. Govindan, Kannan & Popiuc, Maria Nicoleta, 2014. "Reverse supply chain coordination by revenue sharing contract: A case for the personal computers industry," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 233(2), pages 326-336.
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    15. Nenes, George & Panagiotidou, Sofia & Dekker, Rommert, 2010. "Inventory control policies for inspection and remanufacturing of returns: A case study," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 125(2), pages 300-312, June.
    16. de Brito, Marisa P. & van der Laan, Erwin A., 2009. "Inventory control with product returns: The impact of imperfect information," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 194(1), pages 85-101, April.
    17. 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.
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    19. Teunter, Ruud H. & Flapper, Simme Douwe P., 2011. "Optimal core acquisition and remanufacturing policies under uncertain core quality fractions," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 210(2), pages 241-248, April.
    20. Ramanathan, Usha & Gunasekaran, Angappa, 2014. "Supply chain collaboration: Impact of success in long-term partnerships," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 147(PB), pages 252-259.
    21. Kim, Taebok & Glock, Christoph H. & Kwon, Yongjang, 2014. "A closed-loop supply chain for deteriorating products under stochastic container return times," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 43(C), pages 30-40.
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    23. Mahadevan, B. & Pyke, David F. & Fleischmann, Moritz, 2003. "Periodic review, push inventory policies for remanufacturing," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 151(3), pages 536-551, December.

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