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if done right is it can minimize impact on the environment. It can also help firms cut their cost on raw materials. Below is an article I found about Walmart and how they practice reverse logistics. At Wal­Mart, returned products make their way back to one of six regional return centers across the U.S. With more than 4,000 stores in the U.S., each return center serves roughly 680 stores. Items are separated into four categories: Vendor for credit; donation to United Way; recycle; or last resort landfill. The article states that 70% of electronic returns are not defective products, which makes the refurbish centers a valuable addition to their reverse logistics plan. http :// talkbusiness .net/2013/10/retail­returns­reverse­logistics­ramp­up­for­the­ holidays/ Krajewski, L., Malhorta, M. & Ritzman, L. (2016). Operations Management: Processes and Supply Chains, Eleventh Edition. Pearson Education, New York, NY. Thread: Cluff­ Q8 Reverse Logistics Post: RE: Cluff­ Q8 Reverse Logistics Author: Posted Date: February 6, 2016 6:17 PM Status: Published Hi Nicholas. Interesting find on Walmart's reclamation projects...maybe I will look into some Walmart refurbs next time I am computer shopping. I was curious about this topic and did a little bit of extra research. I wanted to share some insights. Sustainability is the catch phrase when it comes to reverse logistics (RL). As you said, the supply chain starts with the consumer and has to find an end result. For example, if a consumer reads a newspaper or consumes a beverage, waste product is naturally produced. At this point the RL system is frequently a push system, which can cause a problem for several reasons. For example, some consumer goods, such as perfumes or iPhones, contain hazardous materials that make recycling complicated. Sue Smithee
3/6/2016 Collection – MBA675­T303 Operations & Logistics in the (... ; 7/31 (Post is Read) Materials that are very common lose value due to supply and demand. Thus there is little economic incentive to recycle products such as newspapers or beverage containers. Also, many materials are shipped from industrialized nations to developing countries to be 'refurbished,' but because there is no market for the refurbishing, these items are essentially dumped in these countries. If a pull system were developed for the reverse logistics chain, manufacturers would request commodities as part of their supply chain. For example, if plastics are recycled, this reduces the need to refine fresh petroleum products. If there were financial incentives through regulatory or market forces, this would be a sustainable pull system. Nike Grind is another program that creates this kind of demand. I have recycled my old sneakers with them in the past, and these shoes are reused to create turf and playground materials. Where I grew up we had an old gravel track, and so when I recycle my shoes I always hope that some inner city high school can get a real turf track to run on.

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