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Inventory Management of Remanufacturable Products


  • L. Beril Toktay

    () (Technology Management, INSEAD, 77305 Fontainebleau, France)

  • Lawrence M. Wein

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

  • Stefanos A. Zenios

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


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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  • L. Beril Toktay & Lawrence M. Wein & Stefanos A. Zenios, 2000. "Inventory Management of Remanufacturable Products," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 46(11), pages 1412-1426, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:46:y:2000:i:11:p:1412-1426
    DOI: 10.1287/mnsc.46.11.1412.12082

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    1. Martin A. Lariviere & Evan L. Porteus, 1999. "Stalking Information: Bayesian Inventory Management with Unobserved Lost Sales," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 45(3), pages 346-363, March.
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