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Noman, Reaz
Amin, Saman Hassanzadeh
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[Journal:] Journal of Remanufacturing [ISSN:] 2210-4690 [Volume:] 7 [Year:] 2017 [Issue:] 2/3 [Pages:] 181-198
In reverse logistics (RL), the returned products are collected, and some recovery activities are performed. The major objective of this research is to identify the RL components of cellphones in Canada focusing on three provinces. There have been some studies in this sector. However, with the technological improvement of cellphones in addition to the evolution of smart phones in recent years, a rapidly growing secondary market has been developed. It is noticeable that the RL of cellphones is very complicated. In this paper, we try to draw a clear picture of the RL framework of cellphones in Canada, highlighting the practices and policies in three provinces including British Columbia in the west coast, Ontario in the middle, and Nova Scotia in the east coast. To this aim, we discuss the chemical, physical, and recoverable parts of cellphones as well as the recovery choices. We review the literature about cellphone RL, identify some relevance as well as differences comparing with the Canadian context, and address some questions pertinent to provincial contexts. We concentrate on the high paced growth of the cellphone secondary market, and the requirement for more research about this subject. Finally, some suggestions and managerial insights are provided about how the cellphone RL can be managed more efficiently.
Reverse logistics (RL)
Closed-loop supply chain
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