Closed-Loop Supply Chain


The purpose of this concept is to review the Closed Loop Supply Chain structure and explore its characteristics, advantages and disadvantages. It also investigates the factors leading to the development of a closed-loop supply chain and offers some useful implementation information.

Technique Overview

Closed-Loop Supply Chain

Closed-Loop Supply Chain Definition

Closed-loop supply chains (CLSC) are supply chain networks that "include the returns processes and the manufacturer has the intent of capturing additional value and further integrating all supplychain activities" (Guide et al., 2003).

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Further Reading

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Closed-Loop Supply Chain References (4 of up to 20) *

  • Akcali, E., Etinkaya, S. and Uster, H. (2009) Network Design for Reverse and Closed-loop Supply Chains: An Annotated Bibliography of Models and Solution Approaches. Networks, Vol. 53, pp. 231-248.
  • Agrawal, V. and Toktayy, L.B. (2009) Interdisciplinary in closed-loop supply chain management research. Working paper. [online] Available at: (www.prism.gatech.edu/~bt71/articles/chapterv4.0.pdf) [Accessed 25 November 2011].
  • Blumberg, D. (2004) Introduction to Management of Reverse Logistics and Closed Loop Supply Chain Processes. CRC Press.
  • Cisco (2009) CRS Report: Waste. [online] Available at: (www.cisco.com/web/about/ac227/csr2009/the-environment/waste/index.html) [Accessed 25 November 2011].

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