Design of Reverse Supply Chains in Support of Agile Closed-loop Logistics Networks Chapter uri icon


  • Reverse logistics is a key supply chain management discipline addressing the need for environmentally conscious manufacturing and processing of the end-of-life products. As the recovery processes are being recognised as a new value-added profit centre, the design of reverse logistics is receiving increased attention and scrutiny. In this chapter, we first present a comprehensive up-to-date literature review on the optimal design of reverse logistics and closed-loop supply chain networks. The chapter builds upon the general concepts that were developed by previous works, while extending them by presenting an integrated decision-support methodological approach for the optimal configuration of reverse supply chain networks in support of agile closed-loop supply chains. The proposed decision-making methodology provides a valuable strategic generalised model to decision makers that can be applied to various business environments. Finally, useful managerial insights regarding the implementation of the proposed solution methodology and sensitivity analysis are discussed, while specific directions for future research are provided. 2010 Springer-Verlag London.

author list (cited authors)

  • Xanthopoulos, A., & Iakovou, E.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Xanthopoulos, Anastasios||Iakovou, Eleftherios

Book Title

  • Enterprise Networks and Logistics for Agile Manufacturing

publication date

  • December 2010