A warehouse-based design model for reverse logistics

Maria Isabel Azevedo Rodrigues Gomes, Ana Paula Barbosa-Póvoa, Augusto Q. Novais

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In this paper, an MILP formulation is proposed for the design of a reverse logistics network based on a warehouse location-allocation model, which optimizes, simultaneously, the forward and reverse networks. A single product model with unlimited capacity is first defined. Subsequently, the model is extended to a multi-product capacitated recovery network model, where capacity limitations and a multi-product system can be considered. The proposed model is compared to published work in the field, where different model assumptions have been proposed. Two cases are described so as to gain a better insight into the model and allow a comparative analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)615-629
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of the Operational Research Society
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006


  • Reserve logistics
  • Warehouse location
  • Model performance
  • Optimization


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