Infrastructural framework of a reverse logistics information system

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Infrastructural framework of a reverse logistics information system


Author: Yuen, Kai-ming Giorgio
Title: Infrastructural framework of a reverse logistics information system
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2003
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Business logistics
Telecommunication -- Equipment and supplies
Management information systems
Department: Dept. of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Pages: xv, 116, viii leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record:
Abstract: The carrying back of goods sold to the market has grown to be an important area of the logistics system for manufacturers today. Increased concern for the environment has led to new techniques to design products and supply chains that are both economically and ecologically feasible. This dissertation deals with the product and relevant logistics system design for telecommunication equipment in Hong Kong. Literature review showed that there were many models to support product design and logistics separately, but not in an integrated way. In this research, an infrastructural framework of an information system to support an optimal design structure of a product is developed, taking into consideration various areas such as, Concurrent Engineering, Design for Environment (DfE), Design for Disassembly (DfD), Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), Life Cycle Analysis, Recoverable Manufacturing System (RMS), as well as the optimal goods flow allocation in the logistics system. Using real life data, this infrastructural framework has been tested in a Hong Kong telecommunications services provider. Product disposal incurs costs and may waste valuable resources. The paradigm of product take-back implies liability of manufacturers for their products over the entire life cycle, including disposal. Instead of customers disposing of products at end of life, manufacturers are responsible for collecting and recycling end-of-life products. Legislation, current and pending, is a major driving force behind product take-back. Most take-back legislation is passed or drafted in Europe. For example, Germany's Eco-Cycle Law, in effect since October 1996, mandates extended product liability of Manufacturers. Such legislation has major impacts on business processes since companies that traditionally focus on product design and manufacturing are increasingly faced with the problem how to handle end-of-life products. In Hong Kong, in the near future, several sectors of industry may also face this challenge. It is time to discuss reverse logistics at this moment.

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