Implementing just-in-time philosophy to reverse logistics systems: A review

  • Chan H
  • Yin S
  • Chan F
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Abstract

Just-in-time (JIT) and reverse logistics are two important philosophies.
Coincidentally, both are related to reducing the impact on the
environment. However, they are sometimes in conflict with each other.
The former focuses on moving the materials smoothly which require a
stable demand and supply, but the latter is weak in terms of predicting
how many returned products will be processed. Therefore, there is a need
to investigate the impact of JIT to reverse logistics systems. After an
extensive literature review based on a model developed for this purpose,
different functions, namely reverse logistics structure, process model,
product life cycle, information system model, and JIT performance, have
been identified that have great impact on integrating JIT with reverse
logistics. In short, a process model with JIT can have a better control
on cost and efficiency of reverse logistics activities, and product life
cycle management with JIT helps to design the product that consider the
reverse activities in various process models. An information system can
support both process model and product life cycle management for JIT
reverse logistics. Details are presented in this paper.

Author-supplied keywords

  • environment
  • just-in-time
  • reverse logistics
  • supply chain management

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