Introduction of the research field Reverse Logistics
Reverse Logistics looks at the material and information flow which flow oppositely of the traditional direction of the supply chain. The scientific background of this consideration is the actual and efficient planning, implementing and control of the reverse material and information flow, with the aim of closing the material circulation. Besides, old products and rest materials flow back into the economic circle, which can be used for the production of new goods.
The importance of reverse logistic processes increases in times of increasing raw material scarcity and necessary resource protection. The return of remains is necessary to handle prospective economical, political and social restrictions and to guarantee the availability of ressources for enterprises. So it is necessary to investigate methods and instruments to implement those for the enterprises and to do justice to the needs of the society.
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