A Better Return for Retailers?
Often it seems retailers only have a forward gear when it comes to their supply chains.
All the investment and attention is lavished on distributing goods onwards from warehouses with a lot less thought for products that swim against the tide. Reverse logistics has traditionally been an under-resourced, minority sport played in odd corners of the distribution network.
However, that is set to change. Trends such as the rise of on line shopping and home deliveries, growing pressure to make efficient use of transport, and regulations requiring items such as electrical products and cardboard waste to be recycled are already pushing reverse logistics higher up the corporate agenda.