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Design of closed‐loop supply chain and product recovery management for fast‐moving consumer goods: The case of a single‐use camera

David B. Grant (Logistics Institute, Business School, University of Hull, Hull, UK)
Ruth Banomyong (Department of International Business, Logistics and Transport, Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand)

Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics

ISSN: 1355-5855

Article publication date: 30 March 2010

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to qualitatively investigate how product recovery management (PRM) activities affected the strategic design and implementation of a closed‐loop supply chain for a fast‐moving consumer good.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper employs a case study approach with in‐depth interviews and structured observation of PRM processes at the focal company.

Findings

The focal company was able to design an efficient and effective product recovery and recycle manufacturing system by standardizing high‐quality raw materials, using a modular structure for the product and maintaining control over the entire process and bypassing the temptation to use third‐party collectors and processors.

Research limitations/implications

Primary research relates to the single case study and the focal company; however, the findings may not generally apply to other fast‐moving consumer goods (FMCG).

Practical implications

The comparison of the focal company's processes to an extant product recovery model provides firms with a structured way of implementing product recovery and recycling.

Originality/value

This paper adds to our knowledge of PRM and closed‐loop supply chain design by investigating its practical application to a fast‐moving consumer good; this topic has not previously received much attention by academics and practitioners.

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Citation

Grant, D.B. and Banomyong, R. (2010), "Design of closed‐loop supply chain and product recovery management for fast‐moving consumer goods: The case of a single‐use camera", Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, Vol. 22 No. 2, pp. 232-246. https://doi.org/10.1108/13555851011026971

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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