Reverse Logistics

Dale S. Rogers, Ronald S. Lembke

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Reverse Logistics (RL) has become an important part of a firm's management of their supply chains. Companies around the world are developing processes to move unsold and unwanted product out of their networks. RL has been defined as the process of planning, implementing, and controlling the efficient, cost-effective flow of raw materials, in-process inventory, finished goods, and related information from the point of consumption to the point of origin for the purpose of recapturing value or proper disposal. RL plays a central role in companies processing of customer returns and product recalls. Effective RL also requires the use of the secondary market for products.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Transportation
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1-7
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780081026724
ISBN (Print)9780081026717
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Circular economy
  • Distribution
  • Logistics
  • Operations
  • Recycling
  • Refurbishing
  • Retail
  • Reverse logistics
  • Secondary market
  • Supply chain management
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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