Authors: Anna Maria Jeszka
Title: RETURNS MANAGEMENT IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN
Keywords: supply chain, collaboration, returns management performance.
Background: The aim of this exploratory empirical research was to evaluate the level of cooperation in the area of reverse logistics between selected retail chains and logistics operators and suppliers; to identify and evaluate the influence the procedures of handling returns have on the relationships with customers, cost reduction, value recovery, inventory reduction and increasing profitability; as well as determining to what extent logistics operators are involved in the procedures of handling returns in the analysed chains.
Methods: Based on the literature and the experience of researchers from developed countries a questionnaire was constructed which was subsequently used to conduct empirical research in selected retail chains operating in two provinces in Poland. The questionnaire survey involved the sales personnel of selected retail chains in the clothing industry. Overall, 105 questionnaires were collected and analysed.
Results: Various aspects of cooperation with suppliers and logistics operators in respect of handling returns were evaluated. Most indicators of cooperation were evaluated favourably, with the exception of joint access to the database, the use of inventory data available online, and access to information from the warehouse, which received low marks from the respondents. In the case of the studied stores, some of the activities in the area of reverse logistics are outsourced; for example, obtaining products from users, logistics, and the transport of returns are typically done by an outside operator. Inspection, sorting, appraisal, repairs, as well as the sales of refurbished products are usually performed within the studied retail corporations.
Conclusions: The research has shown that the retail chains developed very good programmes for handling returns in the supply chain, as evidenced by the presented and highly rated indicators of cooperation, with the exception of information exchange where there is still much room for improvement. The sales personnel assessed the impact of corporate know-how in respect of handling returns on the relationships with customers, cost reduction, value recovery, inventory reduction and increasing profitability, of which the most significant turned out to be the impact on improving relationships with customers.
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|MLA||Jeszka, Anna Maria. "Returns management in the supply chain." Logforum 10.3 (2014): 6.|
|APA||Anna Maria Jeszka (2014). Returns management in the supply chain. Logforum 10 (3), 6.|
|ISO 690||JESZKA, Anna Maria. Returns management in the supply chain. Logforum, 2014, 10.3: 6.|