MAGAZINE  №6 (95) December 2019


CATEGORY  Industrial companies’ corporate logistics Supply chains reliability and sustainability Return flows management (reverse logistics) Modern concepts and technologies in logistics and SCM




 A significant increase in clothing production, following the optimization of the largest brands supply chains, has led to modern consumers considering the cheapest items of clothing almost disposable. Clothing production, especially from synthetic fibers, leaves a significant environmental footprint, and as a result of the accumulation of things in landfills, environmental pollution has increased markedly. In recent years, in order to remain valuable to consumers, corporations managing the largest fashion supply chains have become more environmentally, socially and business friendly. The growing population and the ingrained need for new fashion items make it necessary to further study the issues of sustainable development of clothing supply chains.
The article is devoted to the study of best practices in the field of clothing recycling management that allow minimizing the negative impact on the environment.
The following issues were researched: to consider measures taken in various countries to reduce clothing dumps, to identify the composition of partners involved in operations for collecting, sorting and processing material flows in the supply chains of fashion clothing; to analyze the experience of major global corporations in involving buyers in clothing processing; to identify problems and prospects for the development of the practice of processing clothing flows in the supply chains.
The following results of Russian and foreign researchers were used as theoretical and methodological basis of the study: first, the diversity of participants in the fashion industry, as well as the increasing scale of the problem of landfills and waste, indicate the need to use a systematic approach to problem-solving; second, modern supply chains do not develop without being transparent, which is provided by digital technologies; third, to ensure sustainable development, companies create closed supply chains, which involves re-designing supply chains and improving the efficiency of return flow management.
The empirical base of the study was made up of the experience of companies included in the Gartner rating of the 25 largest supply chains in 2019, materials from clothing manufacturers ' associations and international analytical companies.
The paper differentiates partners involved in the processing of clothing, identifies areas of use of new technologies that contribute to the processing of second-hand items. Based on the analysis, measures that allow developing the practice of closed supply chains in the fashion industry were identified. The paper concludes that recycling is still an expensive and complex process in the organization, leading to companies finding solutions for the reuse of clothing, giving it a fashionable appearance; ecological design is given more significance when the technology of clothes processing is laid down at the stage of creating clothes.

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 Keywords:  supply chain management closedloop supply chain management recycling reverse logistics reverse material flow Industry 40


MAGAZINE  №4 (93) August 2019


CATEGORY Analytics and reviews Return flows management (reverse logistics)


In the theory and practice of logistics and supply chain management, more and more attention is paid to return flows management. There are a sufficiently large number of research works that has been devoted to the reverse logistics of goods: there are many technologies and best practices that have been successfully implemented. 
As for the tasks of managing returns of transport items and packaging, they have been left outside the scope of experts' attention for a long time. Recently, the activity of advertising campaigns for pulling and pallets rental has increased in Russia. Some companies (mainly in manufacturing and trading sectors of FMCG) are going to implement, are already implementing or reporting substantial savings from projects for organizing container return management. Nevertheless, there are still many gaps for researchers and business community. 
The article provides an overview of recent publications on the returnable containers management, analyzes terminology in this area, identifies and analyzes the main strategies for managing return flows of containers.

The study shows that the issues of transport items return management have not received adequate coverage in Russian scientific and business literature. Moreover, despite the variety of foreign studies there is no basic terminology in this field and systematization of supply chain configuration alternatives. In addition, fragmentation of information in open sources about the practice of implementing / operating transport items management systems in Russian business makes it relevant to conduct research on this topic.

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MAGAZINE №6(89) December 2018




CATEGORY  Analytics and reviews E-commerce corporate logistics Return flows management (reverse logistics)


The article deals with the issues of reverse logistics in internet retail. The authors provide a literature review of articles on the practice of managing return flows in internet retail and analyze the features of reverse logistics in this area. 

In the article, the authors consider the existing approaches in reverse logistics in internet retail, analyze the barriers to their implementation and ways of return flows handling. The three levels of decision-making in the return management in internet retail logistics and specific tasks for each of them are defined. The result of the work was an algorithm reflecting the sequence of formation of the system of control of return flows. 

This procedure makes it possible to take into account the characteristics of managing return flows in internet retail (a large number of reasons for returns, handling complexity, etc.) and base to manage return flows and implement the control function in accordance with them.

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Logistics support of medical equipment handling

MAGAZINE №5 (70) October 2015




CATEGORY  Logistics services Management Reverse logistics 


The market of medical equipment presented in most cases by foreign-made goods is growing fast. It requires considering the peculiarities of logistics services under the conditions of the medical equipment utilization by medical preventive institutions. The problem is particularly acute for high-tech medical equipment sector. It is shown that the fundamental principles of the order cycle management are unchanged in the case of reverse logistics as well. However the specific material flow managed will lengthen order cycle. Moreover it will have the impact on the complexity and workload of logistics operations. The traditional definition of transactional and post transactional services, which was reflected in the choice of the set of indicators, requires a thorough application. It is especially true for the performance evaluation of services splitted in time-horizon.


MAGAZINE №4 (69) August 2015


CATEGORY Corporate logistics service companies  Reverse logistics Terminology in Logistics and SCM


The paper considers the terms of reverse logistics and return material flow. The place and importance of the return material flow are defined. The reverse logistics situation in different business areas is analyzed. It is shown that rational reverse logistics management approach development has outstanding interest in service companies. The paper classifies return material flows for service companies. An economic evaluation approach of the return rationality of packing, commodities and materials is given. Effective reverse logistics management procedure for service companies is developed. 


MAGAZINE №4 (69) August 2015


CATEGORY Corporate logistics e-business Modern concepts and technologies in logistics and supply chain management Reverse logistics 


The article is devoted to the one of the topical issues in internet retail – reverse product flows. The author reviews typical reasons for product returns made by the customers. Using garments and footwear as an example (due to the fact that they are characterized by the greatest number of returns), the author suggests measures aimed at the reduction of the product returns rate. Moreover, the article includes recommendations on the efficient and effective management of the reverse product flows in the e-tailers supply chains.



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