Edition 55
Returning Thoughts - Receiving Challenges for Reverse Logistics Your WMS Needs Help!
by Paul Rupnow, Director, Reverse Logistics Systems, Andlor Logistics Systems Inc.

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Essential to successful Reverse Logistics processing is the ability to effectively and efficiently handle the receiving process. Traditional WMS Warehouse Management Systems or 3PL Multi- Client WMS systems do not have the functionality to adequately handle returns, especially if your operations need to handle more than a few returns a day. The chart below compares a typical Warehouse Receiving process with a typical Reverse Logistics Receiving process in order to highlight some of the key differences between the two kinds of receipts. It is important to understand the key differences in order to improve your Reverse Logistics handling and processing or to purchase specialty Reverse Logistics receiving software to enhance the functionality of your WMS receiving systems.


Does your WMS have the functionality you need to improve your Reverse Logistics processing? Is it time to re-think your Receiving and Reverse Logistics processes and systems? Improvements in Reverse Logistics Receiving processing can result in significant cost savings such as labor cost reductions. Additionally, improvements can result in much faster processing turnaround times, which can lead to faster and higher cash generation on the returned assets. Better data collection in areas such as condition assessment and sorting can result in higher resale values due to reduced uncertainty for the secondary market purchaser. Many companies are finding significant savings and generating much higher profits from returned assets that were once considered to be of very low value. Maybe you can start capturing this cash and these savings by looking at your receiving processes and enhancing your WMS systems.

Good Luck!
RLM
Paul Rupnow - Director, Reverse Logistics Systems, Andlor Logistics Systems Inc.
Editor - Reverse Logistics Professional Report
Business Insights and Strategies for Managing Product Returns

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