We address the dynamic lot sizing problem for systems with product returns. The demand and return amounts are deterministic over the finite planning horizon. Demands can be satisfied by manufactured/procured new items, but also by remanufactured returned items. The objective is to determine those lot sizes for manufacturing and remanufacturing that minimize the total cost composed of holding cost for returns and serviceable products and set-ups costs. Two different set-up cost schemes are considered; there is either a joint set-up cost for manufacturing and remanufacturing (single production line) or separate set-up costs (dedicated production lines). For the joint set-up cost case, we present an exact, polynomial time dynamic programming algorithm. For both cases, we propose a number of heuristics and test them in an extensive numerical study.

Econometric Institute Research Papers
Report / Econometric Institute, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus School of Economics

Teunter, R., Bayindir, P., & van den Heuvel, W. (2005). Dynamic lot sizing with product returns (No. EI 2005-17). Report / Econometric Institute, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/6557