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if done right is it can minimize impact on the environment. It can also help firmscut 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 returncenters across the U.S. With more than 4,000 stores in the U.S., each returncenter serves roughly 680 stores. Items are separated into four categories: Vendorfor credit; donation to United Way; recycle; or last resort landfill. The article statesthat 70% of electronic returns are not defective products, which makes therefurbish centers a valuable addition to their reverse logistics plan.http://talkbusiness.net/2013/10/retailreturnsreverselogisticsrampupfortheholidays/Krajewski, L., Malhorta, M. & Ritzman, L. (2016). Operations Management:Processes and Supply Chains, Eleventh Edition. Pearson Education, New York,NY.Thread:Cluff Q8 Reverse LogisticsPost:RE: Cluff Q8 Reverse LogisticsAuthor:Posted Date:February 6, 2016 6:17 PMStatus:PublishedHi Nicholas.Interesting find on Walmart's reclamation projects...maybe I will lookinto some Walmart refurbs next time I am computer shopping. I was curiousabout this topic and did a little bit of extra research. I wanted to share someinsights.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 anend result. For example, if a consumer reads a newspaper or consumes abeverage, waste product is naturally produced. At this point the RL system isfrequently a push system, which can cause a problem for several reasons. Forexample, some consumer goods, such as perfumes or iPhones, containhazardous materials that make recycling complicated.Sue Smithee
3/6/2016Collection – 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 newspapersor beverage containers. Also, many materials are shipped from industrializednations to developing countries to be 'refurbished,' but because there is nomarket for the refurbishing, these items are essentially dumped in thesecountries.If a pull system were developed for the reverse logistics chain,manufacturers would request commodities as part of their supply chain. Forexample, if plastics are recycled, this reduces the need to refine fresh petroleumproducts. 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 haverecycled my old sneakers with them in the past, and these shoes are reused tocreate turf and playground materials. Where I grew up we had an old graveltrack, and so when I recycle my shoes I always hope that some inner city highschool can get a real turf track to run on.