Reverse Logistics: The Role of Industrial Engineering Theresa J. Barker, Ph.D. Industrial and Systems Engineering Universi...
Introduction: <ul><ul><li>Researcher, University of Washington </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Topic:  product recovery </li></...
What is Reverse Logistics? <ul><ul><li>recycling, reuse, remanufacturing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ cradle-to-cradle” ap...
WHY do Reverse Logistics? more information:   Barker and Zabinsky, “Designing For Recovery”,  Industrial Engineer (April 2...
Implementation strategies <ul><ul><li>design for recycling and reuse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>reducing waste in producti...
Why Industrial Engineers? <ul><ul><li>lean – reduce waste </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>systems design – comprehensive perspe...
Success Strategies for Organizations <ul><ul><li>small wins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>leverage “lessons learned” (case st...
Opportunities for I.E.s <ul><ul><li>focus on profitability + conservation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>become familiar with ...
Entry into the field <ul><ul><li>“ green” technology still nascent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>companies feel pressure to b...
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  1. 1. Reverse Logistics: The Role of Industrial Engineering Theresa J. Barker, Ph.D. Industrial and Systems Engineering University of Washington IIE Applied Solutions May 24, 2011
  2. 2. Introduction: <ul><ul><li>Researcher, University of Washington </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Topic: product recovery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 industry case studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I.E. Magazine article April 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Theresa J. Barker, Ph.D. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is Reverse Logistics? <ul><ul><li>recycling, reuse, remanufacturing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ cradle-to-cradle” approach 1 </li></ul></ul>1 McDonough and Braungart, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (2002)
  4. 4. WHY do Reverse Logistics? more information: Barker and Zabinsky, “Designing For Recovery”, Industrial Engineer (April 2010) Government Mandate Economic Value “ Green Image”
  5. 5. Implementation strategies <ul><ul><li>design for recycling and reuse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>reducing waste in production materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>implementing a product recovery network </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Why Industrial Engineers? <ul><ul><li>lean – reduce waste </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>systems design – comprehensive perspective </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>transportation and logistics focus </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Success Strategies for Organizations <ul><ul><li>small wins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>leverage “lessons learned” (case studies, examples) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>be proactive wherever possible </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Opportunities for I.E.s <ul><ul><li>focus on profitability + conservation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>become familiar with sustainable design and product recovery strategies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>extend existing I.E. tools to encompass sustainability </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Entry into the field <ul><ul><li>“ green” technology still nascent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>companies feel pressure to be “green” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IIE a good source for basic information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>be prepared </li></ul></ul>

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