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Future-proof your reverse logistics

Future-proof your reverse logistics

Did your supply chain meet the challenge of post-Christmas returns?


Partner, ASPAC Head of Supply Chain

KPMG Australia


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Understanding the true ‘cost to serve’

Across many industries, reverse logistics flows are typically unplanned, becoming very difficult to manage and are highly inefficient. Many organisations do not know the true cost of returns, as they lack skill and effective know-how to analyse the data and more often than not, they haven’t focused on this part of the supply chain network.

Understanding the cost to manage returns involves defining the end-to-end reverse logistics function and accurately calculating the total cost to perform all related activities, including labour, facilities and processing costs associated with the recovery, disposal, discounted sale, recycling, and repair or refurbishment costs of the returned goods.

This report explores the true cost to serve, reverse logistics strategies and approaches and the criteria to consider when choosing a reverse logistics service provider.

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