Reverse Logistics Network Structures and Design

26 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2003

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Moritz Fleischmann

University of Mannheim, Business School

Date Written: 19 2001 9,


Logistics network design is commonly recognized as a strategic supplychain issue of prime importance. The location of production facilities,storage concepts, and transportation strategies are major determinantsof supply chain performance. This chapter considers logistics network design for the particular caseof closed-loop supply chains. We highlight key issues that companies arefacing when deciding upon the logistics implementation of a productrecovery initiative. In particular, we point out differences andanalogies with logistics network design for traditional 'forward' supplychains. Moreover, we discuss the strategic fit between specific supplychain contexts and logistics network structures. Conclusions aresupported by a quantitative analysis.

Keywords: reverse logistics, distribution management, network design, facility location, supply chain management

JEL Classification: M, M11, R4, R49

Suggested Citation

Fleischmann, Moritz, Reverse Logistics Network Structures and Design (19 2001 9,). ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2001-52-LIS. Available at SSRN:

Moritz Fleischmann (Contact Author)

University of Mannheim, Business School ( email )

University of Mannheim
P.O. Box 10 34 62
Mannheim, 68131

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