A comprehensive framework for optimising the effects of inverse logistics practices in SC sustainability

Cristina López Vargas, María Dolores Pérez Rubio


With growing sustainability concern in mind, firms seek to implement reverse logistic systems in their operations. However, if these practices were not properly implemented, they would be costly and even ineffective. In order to guide company efforts, the present study provide a comprehensive framework based on two dimensions. On one hand, it suits a reverse logistic management model stage-by-stage. On the other hand, the framework brings together concrete measures to optimize SC sustainability from three perspectives: operative, economical and environmental. The proposed framework thus allow to balance reverse logistic practices and SC sustainability. Furthermore, we validated it by analysing six real case in different industries. Findings highlight how reverse logistic activities may improve each SC sustainability dimension.


Research; Reverse logistic; Supply Chain Management; Sustainability; Descriptive statistics; Cross-sectorial study

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