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Reverse Logistics in the Heavy Machinery Industry
Third Biennial Supply Chain Management Conference (2012)
  • Shweta Chopra, Purdue University
  • Hugo Caballero, Purdue University
  • Chad Laux, Purdue University
  • Edie Schmidt, Purdue University
  • Hsiang-Lin Yang, Purdue University
Due to recent changes in environmental regulations and the increasing cost of raw materials and commodities, managing product returns has received wide spread attention from both practitioners and academicians. This document investigates the fundamental concepts behind the development of an integrated reverse logistics system. In order to develop a sustainable process into a competitive initiative, companies of several kinds of businesses have incorporated a reverse logistics process into their regular operation. For many companies, the reuse/recycle of materials and products can help earn money and at the same time build an image of being environmentally responsible. Finally, a case example is shown to highlight the procedure of reverse logistics in Caterpillar, a heavy machinery manufacturer. This example illustrates the remanufacturing process of components (e.g., high horsepower diesel engines) for mining equipment, which helps reduce cost for the customer and at the same time helps build Caterpillar’s environmental sustainability image.
  • Caterpillar,
  • Heavy machinery,
  • Heavy duty enginers,
  • Remanufacturing,
  • Reverse logistics,
  • Supply chain,
  • Sustainability
Publication Date
December, 2012
Citation Information
Shweta Chopra, Hugo Caballero, Chad Laux, Edie Schmidt, et al.. "Reverse Logistics in the Heavy Machinery Industry" Third Biennial Supply Chain Management Conference (2012)
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