Reverse Supply Chain / Reverse Logistics


Reverse logistics has gained increasing importance as a profitable and sustainable business strategy. This concept describes a holistic view of reverse logistics and presents its main attributes, success factors and other useful professional tools.

Technique Overview

Reverse Supply Chain / Reverse Logistics

Reverse Supply Chain / Reverse Logistics Definition

Reverse supply (also referred to as reverse logistics) stands for all operations related to the reuse of products and materials. It incorporates planning, implementing and controlling the efficient cost-effective flow of raw materials, in-process inventory, finished goods and related information from the point of origin to the point of consumption for the purpose of conforming to customer requirements (REVLOG, 2002).

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  • Blackburn, J., Guide, V., Souza, G. and Wassenhove, L. (2004) Reverse Supply Chains for Commercial Returns. California Management Review, Vol. 46(2).
  • Carrasco-Callego, R., Ponce-Cueto, E. and Dekker, R. ( 2009) A Fieldwork for Closed-loop Supply Chains for Reusable Articles. Econometric Institute, Report EI 2009-21.
  • Guide, V., Harrison, T. and Wassenhole, L. (2003) The Challenge of Closed-Loop Supply Chains. Interfaces. Vol. 33( 6), pp. 3–6, November–December.
  • Hemming, E. (2007) Comprehensive Thinking Drives Reverse Logistics Success at Sony Ericsson. Reverse Logistics Magazine, August/September.

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