Recycling logistics with reverse supply chain system

The reverse supply chain is a process that contrasts with the conventional supply chain where products, goods, or items flow from end customers back to businesses upstream the supply chain in opposite direction to the normal supply chain such as vendors, suppliers, retailers, or even new firms that are interested in collecting the used items whether they were returned items or simply scrap. Managing the reverse supply chain encompasses activities such as collection, disposal or cleaning, sorting, repackaging, restoration, and ultimately, reshipment.

In this project the team must attain the following targets:

  1. choose a recycling item that suits the team members’ aspiration to be considered for this study.
  2. identify all components of the system, such as the sources, the transportation means, the required warehousing, the final destinations, the costs involved, the routing network, and all other logistics involved.
  3. collect real data necessary to establish the intended system.
  4. set up several design alternatives for the intended logistic system.
  5. analyze the suggested alternatives in terms of performance, costs and benefits, environmental impact, and sustainability capabilities to choose the best design alternative.
  6. apply optimization models to provide the optimal design for the system.

Identify key performance indicators for the system and simulate the operations of the chosen system and evaluate its performance.

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