The challenge of closed-loop supply chains

Daniel D.R. Guide, Terry P. Harrison, Luk N. van Wassenhove

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Abstract

Closed-loop supply chains differ significantly from forward supply chains in many aspects. These differences are not well understood in many contexts, and the situation is complicated by many types of product returns. Progress is slow since closed-loop supply chains are rarely considered as value-creating systems, and much of the focus is on the operational aspects, rather than the larger strategic issues. Interest is growing in the US because of the potential profitability and in the European Union because of legislation. New business models need to be developed by joint cooperation between industry and academia that take a life-cycle approach to products.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering, LCE 2006
PublisherKatholieke Universiteit Leuven
Pages11-13
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)905682712X, 9789056827120
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2006
Event13th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering, LCE 2006 - Leuven, Belgium
Duration: May 3 2006Jun 2 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 13th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering, LCE 2006

Conference

Conference13th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering, LCE 2006
CountryBelgium
CityLeuven
Period5/3/066/2/06

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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Guide, D. D. R., Harrison, T. P., & van Wassenhove, L. N. (2006). The challenge of closed-loop supply chains. In Proceedings of the 13th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering, LCE 2006 (pp. 11-13). (Proceedings of the 13th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering, LCE 2006). Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.