Journal of East China Normal University(Natural Sc ›› 2017, Vol. 2017 ›› Issue (2): 52-60.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1000-5641.2017.02.007

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A joint construction research for multi-period medicine reverse logistics network with consideration of carbon emissions

CAO Feng, GUO Jian-quan, LIU Xin-xin   

  1. Business School, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai 200093, China
  • Received:2016-03-14 Online:2017-03-25 Published:2017-03-23


A joint construction model for multi-period medicine reverse logistics network was introduced to recycle expired drugs or used medical equipment with the consideration of carbon emissions. Then the feasibility of the model was validated with a numerical example by adopting genetic algorithm (GA). The results reveal that, compared with traditional single-period reverse logistics system, the multi-period system is dynamic and the total cost of system is minimized with the significant decreasing of carbon emissions. Furthermore, this research provides a reference for building a regional medicine reverse logistics network which reduces the operation costs and responds to the national energy-saving emission reduction call.

Key words: medicine reverse logistics, carbon emissions, joint construction network, multi-period system

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