Bricks vs. Clicks: Which is better for marketing remanufactured products?

Yan, W., Xiong, Yu, Xiong, Zhongkai and Guo, N. (2015) Bricks vs. Clicks: Which is better for marketing remanufactured products? European Journal of Operational Research, 242 (2). pp. 434-444. ISSN 0377-2217

[thumbnail of Remanufacturing Click final] Microsoft Word (Remanufacturing Click final) - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (445kB)


The economical and environmental benefits are the central issues for remanufacturing. Whereas extant remanufacturing research focuses primarily on such issues in remanufacturing technologies, production planning, inventory control and competitive strategies, we provide an alternative yet somewhat complementary approach to consider both issues related to different channels structures for marketing remanufactured products. Specifically, based on observations from current practice, we consider a manufacturer sells new units through an independent retailer but with two options for marketing remanufactured products: (1) marketing through its own e-channel (Model M) or (2) subcontracting the marketing activity to a third party (Model 3P). A central result we obtain is that although Model M is always greener than Model 3P, firms have less incentive to adopt it because both the manufacturer and retailer may be worse off when the manufacturer sells remanufactured products through its own e-channel rather than subcontracting to a third party. Extending both models to cases in which the manufacturer interacts with multiple retailers further reveals that the more retailers in the market, the greener Model M relative to Model 3P.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: distribution channels,remanufacturing,environmental impact,game theory
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: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2014 14:56
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 00:12
DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2014.10.023

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item