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The redesign of a warranty distribution network with recovery processes


  • Ashayeri, Jalal
  • Ma, Ning
  • Sotirov, Renata


A warranty distribution network provides aftersales warranty services to customers and resembles a closed-loop supply chain network with specific challenges for reverse flows management like recovery, repair, and reflow of refurbished products. We present here a nonlinear and nonconvex mixed integer programming model for the design of the warranty distribution network of a semiconductor company which is operated by an outsourced third party logistics service provider. The application of the model to the real-life case provides an improved distribution network flow and rearranged warehouse and recovery locations, and resulted in weekly cost savings of 3.4% for the considered item.

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  • Ashayeri, Jalal & Ma, Ning & Sotirov, Renata, 2015. "The redesign of a warranty distribution network with recovery processes," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 77(C), pages 184-197.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:transe:v:77:y:2015:i:c:p:184-197
    DOI: 10.1016/j.tre.2015.02.017

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    1. Amin Yazdekhasti & Yahia Zare Mehrjardi, 2020. "Two-echelon three-indenture warranty distribution network: a hybrid branch and bound, Monte-Carlo approach," Operational Research, Springer, vol. 20(2), pages 1113-1158, June.
    2. Cannella, Salvatore & Bruccoleri, Manfredi & Framinan, Jose M., 2016. "Closed-loop supply chains: What reverse logistics factors influence performance?," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 175(C), pages 35-49.


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