Challenges and opportunities for reverse logistics initiatives in the automotive industry

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This paper investigates the main strategies automotive companies adopt to address the issue of dealing with end-of-life vehicles and spare parts. Furthermore, it investigates the reasons behind take-back strategies, i.e how and why automotive companies undertake initiatives in reverse logistics. The research findings indicate that companies are trying to respond to the end-of-life legislation based on cost-effective approaches as well as corporate environmental responsibility. Outsourcing is used when expertise is found to extract value from scrap and there is cooperation with suppliers and vendors to facilitate the dismantling of cars and recycling of parts.

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Publication date2011
Publication titleOperations strategy and performance : proceedings of 18th International Annual Conference of the European Operations Management Association
EditorsM. Holweg, J.S. Srai
Place of PublicationCambridge (UK)
PublisherUniversity of Cambridge
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-1-902546-94-0
Original languageEnglish
Event18th International Annual Conference of the European Operations Management Association - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Jul 20116 Jul 2011

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Conference18th International Annual Conference of the European Operations Management Association
CountryUnited Kingdom
Period3/07/116/07/11

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  • automotive industry, reverse logistics, end-of-life, environmental management

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