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A decision-making methodology for transition to reuse business

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Seven technical elements are systematised for transforming a product selling business into a reuse business, which is defined as 'products are collected and reused'. There are two major approaches to making a decision to start a reuse business: a manufacturing-driven approach and a marketing-driven approach. In the latter, a framework of Rental or Lease (R/L) service is assumed. This paper, with a view to minimising the risk to a service provider, proposes a decision-making procedure for determining whether a reuse business should be started or not. In this paper, a component analysis method for R/L service is also presented.

Keywords: reuse, remanufacturing, rental services, lease services, life cycle design, business risk, marketing, decision making, manufacturing, component analysis

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