Edition 58
Message from the Publisher
by Gailen Vick, Founder & Publisher, Reverse Logistics Association

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Defining Reverse Logistics

I’ve watched the changing definition of Reverse Logistics as it appears on Wikipedia over the years. I’ve never felt comfortable to inject my personal definition on Wikipedia, but I just might do that sometime, in the future. But here is my thought, “Reverse Logistics is the process of managing assets (whether negative or positive) after a product or service is purchased or consumed in all industries and across all disciplines”….

Defining reverse logistics has been my full time job for the last 12 years and it still isn’t complete. Why is it not finished? Well we are still learning, or stumbling along trying to make sense of a very complex process.

In this month’s issue of RL magazine there are such diverse articles including “The Concept of Reverse Logistics, A Review of Literature” by Dr. Isabel Fernández that shows the complexity of the term we call Reverse Logistics and the “Proposal for a New Industry Standard” being made Mr. Ken Jacobsen of our Standards Committee for the use of QR codes in RL.

We can learn from other companies as we listen to other RL Professionals in the evolving landscape of discussions on reverse logistics. Just look at a few committees that meet each month to define RL, make sure you join in or you might be falling behind on your knowledge of reverse logistics.

Software Solutions - Life Sciences - Standards - Apparel - Brasil Chapter - ReMan (Automotive & HD) - North America Chapter - Data Storage - Europe Chapter - Sustainability and Environmental Management - Consumer Products - Retailers - Africa Chapter- Extended Warranties - Corporate Social Responsibility - Spare Parts Management - Latin America - Food and Beverage (Unsaleables) - Wireless Telecommunications

On a closing note, a great person, Nelson Mandela slipped away from our view over the last few days. He did so much to recover, restore, and repair the hearts of mankind to love one another. He will be missed!

Best Regards,
Gailen Vick, Founder & Publisher

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