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Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC (Attribution-NonCommercial) Logforum. 2015. 11(3), article 2, 227-236; DOI: https://doi.org/10.17270/J.LOG.2015.3.2

SUPPLY CHAIN COLLABORATION AND COST SAVING AS A RESULT OF RETURNS HANDLING PROGRAMMES IN RETAIL CORPORATIONS IN POLAND

Anna Maria Jeszka

University of Economics, Poznań, Poland

Abstract:

Background: The objective is to define on the basis of the literature as well as to test empirically the main factors that affect the cost saving of many retail chains, resulting from deliberate and conscious policies as well as organized activities in the area of product returns management.

Methods: Based on a survey developed for the study, standardized interviews were conducted with representatives of trade corporations in the apparel industry in Poland. The data collected were analysed statistically.

Results:  The results of the statistical analysis showed that the analysed factors had a significant impact on cost saving. A company's ability to cooperate in the supply chain, limited  for the purposes of the study to the distributor - retailer relationship, is relevant to the cost savings resulting from the policies of retail corporations in the area of reverse logistics. The integration of IT systems with suppliers and customers also influences the level of cost saving, as does collaboration within a team.

Conclusions: To date, studies in this field have not been conducted in Poland. A particularly important element seems to be the relationship between cooperation in the supply chain and the possible savings which this can generate. This study contributes to the growing trend of research into reverse logistics and emphasizes the role of retailers and cooperation in the supply chain.

 
Keywords: returns handling, supply chain collaboration, clothing industry, cost savings
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MLA Jeszka, Anna Maria. "Supply chain collaboration and cost saving as a result of returns handling programmes in retail corporations in Poland." Logforum 11.3 (2015): 2. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17270/J.LOG.2015.3.2
APA Anna Maria Jeszka (2015). Supply chain collaboration and cost saving as a result of returns handling programmes in retail corporations in Poland. Logforum 11 (3), 2. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17270/J.LOG.2015.3.2
ISO 690 JESZKA, Anna Maria. Supply chain collaboration and cost saving as a result of returns handling programmes in retail corporations in Poland. Logforum, 2015, 11.3: 2. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17270/J.LOG.2015.3.2