A framework of reverse logistics for the automobile industry

Chan, Felix T. S., Chan, H. K. and Jain, Vipul (2012) A framework of reverse logistics for the automobile industry. International Journal of Production Research, 50 (5). pp. 1318-1331. ISSN 0020-7543

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Reverse logistics has become more and more important to the automobile industry, owing to various reasons including unavoidable product recalls, legislative policy regarding environmental and sustainable issues, etc. In fact, the need for recovery of returned vehicles has been receiving more attention than ever before due to growing environmental concerns. Ironically, not many automobile manufacturers have a satisfactory reverse logistics system for recovering and reusing returned vehicles. This is partly because the effort devoted to this area is not very systematically investigated. In this connection, this paper aims at investigating the reverse logistics activities of the automobile industry, and to provide a framework for those activities. Firstly, the drivers for reverse logistics in this industry are revisited. Key components which are valuable and feasible for reuse or remanufacture are then identified. Based on this investigation, a framework of reverse logistics for the automobile industry is proposed. This is based on several evaluation factors (i.e. value of reversed products, legislation perspective and cost issues). Implementation issues and managerial implications are also summarised.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: automobile industry,environmental concerns,reverse logistics,sustainability
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Innovation, Technology and Operations Management
Depositing User: Hing Kai Chan
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2012 12:01
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2024 01:35
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/40472
DOI: 10.1080/00207543.2011.571929

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