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On the complexity of the economic lot-sizing problem with remanufacturing options


  • van den Heuvel, W.


In this paper we investigate the complexity of the economic lot-sizing problem with remanufacturing (ELSR) options. Whereas in the classical economic lot-sizing problem demand can only be satisfied by production, in the ELSR problem demand can also be satisfied by remanufacturing returned items. Although the ELSR problem can be solved efficiently for some special cases, we show that the problem is NP-hard in general, even under stationary cost parameters.

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  • van den Heuvel, W., 2004. "On the complexity of the economic lot-sizing problem with remanufacturing options," Econometric Institute Research Papers EI 2004-46, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), Econometric Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:ems:eureir:1799

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    complexity; lot-sizing; remanufacturing;


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