Coordinating Design Decisions for Product, Supply Chain, and Reverse Supply Chain

DS 58-3: Proceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design, Vol. 3, Design Organization and Management, Palo Alto, CA, USA, 24.-27.08.2009

Year: 2009
Editor: Norell Bergendahl, M.; Grimheden, M.; Leifer, L.; Skogstad, P.; Lindemann, U.
Author: El korchi, Akram; Millet, Dominique; Colin, Jacques
Series: ICED
Section: Design Organization and Management
Page(s): 309-318


New environmental regulations have extended the producer's responsibility for a product to the post-consumer stage. Producers are often responsible for the collection and recovery of their end-of-life (EOL) products. In fact, the producer's conventional supply chain has been extended to integrate reverse logistics activities dealing with EOL products. The economic and environmental viability of recovering EOL products is a daunting challenge for producers. Our literature review shows a scarcity of knowledge about how to design a viable reverse supply chain for recovering EOL products while considering product and supply chain dimensions. This paper presents a methodology for designing a reverse supply chain for EOL products based on coordination among product design, forward supply chain design and reverse supply chain design decisions. When deciding whether to invest in a structured reverse supply chain design and implementation, decision-makers need to fully understand the interactions among these three dimensions.

Keywords: reverse logistics, supply chain design, product design, global cycle house


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