Edition 70
Message from the Publisher
by Gailen Vick, President, Reverse Logistics Association

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Students are Driving Academia to higher levels in Reverse Logistics

14 years ago when I started RLA the level of education on the subject was minimal.

Today many of the number of supply chain academics added content on the subject of RL. The first University, American Public University offers both bachelors and masters degrees online for those are already in field of RL.



Six years ago a young student came to serve as an intern in Singapore at our conference that we hold each year in Asia. She was working towards her Masters Degree in supply chain and became enthralled with the subject of RL. She decided to make that her practice in the future, today Dr. Panda has her degree in reverse logistics. Were seeing students moving out on their own to drive to the highest level of academia to write their thesis on the subjects of reverse logistics.



This ground swell in academia must not remain strictly in the field of education. Industry must take upon themselves the responsibility of educating themselves and recruiting those PhDs, Masters & Bachelors degree students into their organization. Informed departments can resolve the reverse logistics issues before they find complacency jettisoned then into the virtual world of retirement. RL is in every company and there should a department managing both internal and external relations for RL. Companies like Dell today dig deep into their vendor base so they really understand the multiple layers of vendors impact to RL.

We encourage all to reflect on this process of Reverse Logistics and if you dont have a specialist in place today its never too late to go and learn something about the process. Employee a consultant, or spend some time at our conferences and rub shoulders with those who have already implemented RL. Make a change before your company finds itself becoming an albatross.

Best Regards,
Gailen Vick, Founder & Publisher
www.RLA.org
RLM

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