The Impact of Control Strategies on the Management of Returnable Transport Items

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This research examines the impact of different control strategies on the management of returnable transport items (RTIs) in closed-loop supply chains. A simulation model is developed based on an empirical case and is used to explore different scenarios. The results suggest that the choice of control strategy has a significant impact on investments and operating costs, and that RTI shrinkage can be controlled either through the use of tracking systems, or choice of control strategy. Moreover, a simulation-based method for estimating the fleet size required to operate the system for the different strategies is presented.


Research areas and keywords

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  • Other Mechanical Engineering


  • returnable, tracking, reverse logistics, Closed-loop supply chain, materials management, packaging, packaging logistics
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1128-1139
JournalTransportation Research, Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Publication categoryResearch