Join Steven Brown for an in-depth discussion in this video The growing importance of reverse logistics, part of Logistics Foundations.
- I lived and worked in Germany a few years ago.…I remember about 1999 or 2000…the German government passed a law…that if you sold a household appliance…you had to pick up that household appliance…at the end of its life,…when the customer was through with it.…In other words, refrigerators, and freezers,…and washers and dryers,…could no longer go to the dump for disposal.…The manufacturer was now responsible…for proper disposal.…I worked for Siemens Corporation at the time,…so this was a pretty important announcement.…
If you're not familiar with them,…Siemens is a lot like General Electric.…In short, they make all those household appliances and more.…End-of-life appliances were now going to join…normal returns into the existing…reverse logistics operations.…Reverse logistics is exactly what it sounds like.…We are going to move goods…in the opposite direction to our supply chain,…from the customer back to us.…The purpose of reverse logistics…is to move those goods to properly dispose of them,…as with those appliances,…
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- Understanding order fulfillment
- Defining logistics
- Comparing inbound, outbound, and reverse logistics
- Key decisions: delivery, distribution, and inventory
- Coordinating the supply chain
- Trends in logistics management