The profit potential in reverse supply chain functions for catalyst manufacturers

Samuel Larsen, Rasmus Sorth-Olsen, Aske Lykke Honoré, Peter Jacobsen

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    Abstract

    The reverse supply chain (RSC) contains inherent uncertainties, e.g. the quality level and return volume of used products. By contrast, the catalyst manufacturing industry is characterized by Certainty (manifested in e.g. well-defined and highly controlled production – processes and widespread standardization). This paper’s purpose is to examine whether RSC – processes can be profitably applied in this industry. Using case study research the paper examines which RSC - functions that are generally available to manufacturers are profitable for a selected catalyst manufacturer.
    Results show three profitable RSC – functions. These results contribute to the emerging view of the RSC as a value creator rather than a costly nuisance.

    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2016
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    Event5th World conference on Production and operations Management - Havana, Cuba
    Duration: 6 Sep 201610 Sep 2016
    Conference number: 5
    http://www.pomhabana2016.com/

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    Conference5th World conference on Production and operations Management
    Number5
    CountryCuba
    CityHavana
    Period06/09/201610/09/2016
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