An insight into reverse logistics with a focus on collection systems

Mohammed Alkahtani, Aiman Ziout, Bashir Salah, Moath Alatefi, Abd Elatty E.Abd Elgawad, Ahmed Badwelan, Umar Syarif

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Sustainable development is now the focus of researchers and organizations worldwide. Several concepts, such as reverse logistics (RLs) and closed-loop supply chains, have been intro-duced to encourage sustainability in supply chains. RLs refers to the set of activities needed by con-sumers to collect the product used for reuse, repair, remanufacturing, recycling, or disposal of the used product. There are various processes involved in RL, and one of them is collection systems. Collection refers to a company obtaining custody of specific items. We review the literature on RLs collection systems. A bibliometric analysis was conducted to provide better insight into the field and establish any trends. Firstly, we present the classification methods used in the field, based on available review papers. Secondly, we evaluate literature from several fields that are related to ei-ther the problem setting or the technical features. Different perspectives are presented and classi-fied. This method facilitates the identification of manuscripts related to the reader’s specific inter-ests. Throughout the literature review, trends in measuring the performance of collection systems are identified, and directions for future research are identified and presented.

Original languageEnglish
Article number548
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2 2021


  • Collection system
  • Remanufacturing
  • Reverse logistics
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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