Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1021/ie400742s
Title: Divide and conquer optimization for closed loop supply chains
Authors: Sundar Raj, T.
Lakshminarayanan, S. 
Forbes, J.F.
Issue Date: 20-Nov-2013
Source: Sundar Raj, T., Lakshminarayanan, S., Forbes, J.F. (2013-11-20). Divide and conquer optimization for closed loop supply chains. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research 52 (46) : 16267-16283. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1021/ie400742s
Abstract: Environmental concerns and government regulations have encouraged/forced real-world supply chains to take back used product for recycle. A smart supply chain should therefore leverage significantly on the returned "used products" to produce new products at nominal cost and time. In such closed loop supply chains, the crucial challenge is to synchronize the used products recycling system, the production facility and the new product distribution system in the presence of uncertain customer demands and used product returns. The main motivation of this study is to improve the performance of closed loop supply chains using a divide and conquer optimization scheme. In this paper, it is shown that the manner in which the closed loop supply chain is divided into various subsystems, the way in which interactions between the subsystems are handled and the optimization sequence adopted can help to improve the profitability of the supply chain with minimal computational load. Comparisons between the proposed method and traditional single objective optimization are made to illustrate the advantages of the divide and conquer approach to closed loop supply chain optimization. © 2013 American Chemical Society.
Source Title: Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/63740
ISSN: 08885885
DOI: 10.1021/ie400742s
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