Edition 61
Message from the Publisher
by Gailen Vick, Founder & Publisher, Reverse Logistics Association

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We are preparing for the largest RL event in Europe in Rimini, Italy, May 21st - 23rd, 2014. We will have over 300 RL and Reman Professionals in attendance with over 40 exhibitors. Networking will be an unsolicited theme throughout the conference from our RLA Community that gives everyone updates in the palm of your hand to one anotherís schedules & receptions. Donít miss out on the plant visit of an Italian car manufacturer!

As the Executive Director of the Reverse Logistics Association I am constantly being asked about best practices and case studies. Best practices are very hard to come by because most people donít want to share their best practices. Besides, it varies so much from process to process and company to company. One thing that we collect a lot of information on is lessons that people have learned over the years.

In this monthís RL Magazine Edition youíll see multiple stories of people expressing lessons learned over time. We hope that youíll take time to read our cover story on the RL challenges that the United States government saw in Afghanistan both in supporting and returning equipment supplies from that region of the world.

One of the challenges facing everyone is trying to understand what solutions there are for all processes. One of the tools for companies that are often time overlooked is our process of request for information (RFI). We label it RL Quote and we donít mean for it to be a hidden secret but it seems to be. RL Quote is a tool for you to find solutions for your company and whatís new from other companies that could be a great benefit to you.

Also make sure you look at our scheduled events this year. Many of you are not taking advantage of the exhibit space that we have for our members, which is included in your membership fees. This week in Atlanta Georgia over 750 exhibitors along with over 20,000 Logistics professionals will be meeting at the hi-tech center. I think it would make a great opportunity for you to visit with the clients there. But we have the same thing occurring in Paris, London and Chicago in the coming months. So make sure you look at our schedule at www.RLAshows.org

Best Regards,
Gailen Vick, Founder & Publisher

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