Closed-Loop Supply Chains: A Strategic Overview

James D. Abbey, V. Daniel R. Guide, Xichen Sun

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Managers that consider a closed-loop supply chain just another environmental initiative need to update their thinking. Modern firms that use closed-loop supply chains as a competitive strategy receive many benefits—particularly higher profitability and control over a product’s entire lifecycle. In fact, the market for multiple lifecycle products continues to grow, with estimates holding that remanufactured product sales exceed $100 billion per year. As a result of analyzing the ever-growing remanufacturing sector through years of working with managers in numerous industries, various levers and themes surrounding effective closed-loop supply chain strategies became apparent. This chapter presents these findings and shows how firms in multiple industries experienced both successes and failures of their closed-loop supply chain strategies, recently also synonymously called circular economy strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpringer Series in Supply Chain Management
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages24
StatePublished - 2024

Publication series

NameSpringer Series in Supply Chain Management
ISSN (Print)2365-6395
ISSN (Electronic)2365-6409

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Control and Optimization
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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