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Dynamic buy-back for product recovery in end-of-life spare parts procurement


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  • Rainer Kleber

    (Faculty of Economics and Management, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg)

  • Tobias Schulz

    (Faculty of Economics and Management, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg)

  • Guido Voigt

    (Faculty of Economics and Management, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg)


The efficient supply of spare parts is of prime concern for OEMs. Next to the traditional spare parts sources in form of final order and remanufacturing, the option to buy back broken products prevents the OEM from fulfilling his spare parts availability obligation in the end-of-life phase and increases his ability to remanufacture. This contribution seeks to identify optimal buy-back strategies for different settings regarding information availability and buy-back flexibility. A numerical study analyzes circumstances under which buy-back is especially beneficial for the OEM.

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Paper provided by Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Faculty of Economics and Management in its series FEMM Working Papers with number 09026.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2009
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Handle: RePEc:mag:wpaper:09026

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Keywords: Inventory Management; Spare Parts Management; Reverse Logistics; Buy-back;

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  1. Karl Inderfurth & Rainer Kleber, 2010. "An Advanced Heuristic for Multiple-Option Spare Parts Procurement after End-of-Production," FEMM Working Papers, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Faculty of Economics and Management 100005, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Faculty of Economics and Management.


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