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Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 986704, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/986704
Research Article

Pricing and Remanufacturing Decisions of a Decentralized Fuzzy Supply Chain

1School of Science, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300160, China
2General Courses Department, Military Transportation University, Tianjin 300161, China

Received 7 November 2012; Accepted 31 December 2012

Academic Editor: Xiaochen Sun

Copyright © 2013 Jing Zhao et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The optimal pricing and remanufacturing decisions problem of a fuzzy closed-loop supply chain is considered in this paper. Particularly, there is one manufacturer who has incorporated a remanufacturing process for used products into her original production system, so that she can manufacture a new product directly from raw materials or from collected used products. The manufacturer then sells the new product to two different competitive retailers, respectively, and the two competitive retailers are in charge of deciding the rates of the remanufactured products in their consumers’ demand quantity. The fuzziness is associated with the customer’s demands, the remanufacturing and manufacturing costs, and the collecting scaling parameters of the two retailers. The purpose of this paper is to explore how the manufacturer and the two retailers make their own decisions about wholesale price, retail prices, and the remanufacturing rates in the expected value model. Using game theory and fuzzy theory, we examine each firm’s strategy and explore the role of the manufacturer and the two retailers over three different game scenarios. We get some insights into the economic behavior of firms, which can serve as the basis for empirical study in the future.