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Issue 4/ 2014, article 7

Authors: Anna Maria Jeszka

Title: PRODUCT RETURNS MANAGEMENT IN THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY IN POLAND

Keywords: logistics management, supply chains, returns handlings, retailers, reverse logistics.

Abstract:

Background: The aim of this study is to identify and define on the basis of the literature the principal external and organizational factors and check to what extent they affect the efficiency of returns management as well as any resultant savings. The author proposes a conceptual model which correlates the results of returns management as well as savings with the main determinants identified on the basis of the literature. Then, in the operationalisation phase of the model, the dependent and independent variables were defined in the form of constructs. In accordance with the adopted model, individual constructs were measured based on standardised interviews.

Materials and methods:  The results of returns management and any savings generated by this process are affected by certain determinants which are described in the literature. The adopted model included external factors, such as the cooperation of retailers with logistics operators and suppliers, the exchange of information in the supply chain, and organizational behaviour (experience of employees); as well as organizational factors related to the flow of information and IT systems. Due to financial and organisational restrictions, the originally planned representative sample of retail chains was limited to the regions of Wielkopolska and Lubuskie. In the end, 105 interviews were analysed.

Results:  The results obtained in the research sample confirm assumptions about the possible potential savings that can be achieved as a result of appropriately conducted corporate policies in the area of reverse logistics. A correlation was also revealed between the experience and competencies of staff and the efficiency of returns management.

Conclusions: Research into the factors affecting the efficiency of returns management and any savings resulting from returns management policies have not been conducted in Poland to date. The present study contributes to the growing trend of research into the logistics of product returns. It emphasises the role of cooperation in the supply chain, the experience and competencies of employees and the importance of computerization of the process as well as the impact of those factors on the efficiency of returns management and any potential savings. 

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For citation:

MLA Jeszka, Anna Maria. "PRODUCT RETURNS MANAGEMENT IN THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY IN POLAND." Logforum 10.4 (2014): 7.
APA Anna Maria Jeszka (2014). PRODUCT RETURNS MANAGEMENT IN THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY IN POLAND. Logforum 10 (4), 7.
ISO 690 JESZKA, Anna Maria. PRODUCT RETURNS MANAGEMENT IN THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY IN POLAND. Logforum, 2014, 10.4: 7.
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