One Good Return Deserves Another

Feb. 13, 2012
Preparing for seasonal returns.

Reverse logistics expert Curtis Greve of Greve Davis offers the following tips for companies to consider in preparation for seasonal returns.

  1. Update seasonal recall volumes by SKU and vendor.
  2. Review existing processed inventory waiting to ship, and clear out as much as possible.
  3. Prioritize shipments by value and cube to reduce inventory and create space.
  4. Review management staffing and manpower plans.
  5. Review volume estimates and plans for outbound shipping with carriers, as well as plans for temporary space and storage trailers.
  6. Review all parts supplies and ensure procurement plans and sourcing are ready.
  7. Review shipping plans and requirements with top salvage buyers.
  8. Schedule preventive maintenance for all material handling equipment and conveyor systems.
  9. Review plans and volumes with recyclers and with waste management companies
  10. Review plans of all outsourced repair vendors
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During his career Dave Blanchard has led the editorial management of many of Endeavor Business Media's best-known brands, including IndustryWeekEHS Today, Material Handling & LogisticsLogistics Today, Supply Chain Technology News, and Business Finance. He also serves as senior content director of the annual Safety Leadership Conference. With over 30 years of B2B media experience, Dave literally wrote the book on supply chain management, Supply Chain Management Best Practices (John Wiley & Sons, 2010), which has been translated into several languages and is currently in its second edition. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at major trade shows and conferences, and has won numerous awards for writing and editing. He is a voting member of the jury of the Logistics Hall of Fame, and is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.

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