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Let 4PL optimise reverse logistics in 2018

As Christmas gives way to New Year, the focus on reverse logistics will increase for many retailers and suppliers, particularly for those who deliver would-be Christmas gifts over large distances with a no-quibble returns policy. Research from B-Stock, an American company that specialises in liquidising excess retail inventory, reveals that some of the most popular …

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Why outsourced logistics should be logistics-led

Allowing logistics professionals to lead the procurement of outsourced logistics services is the best way to create supply chain value through collaboration, according to a whitepaper from the University of Tennessee. The university’s Haslam College of Business Supply Chain Management Faculty published the paper in October, under the title ‘End-to-End Supply Chain Collaboration Best Practices: …

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4PL logistics integrators cut carbon and costs

Logistics integration like the coordination delivered by 4PLs has been linked with dramatic reductions in carbon monoxide emissions and in the running costs associated with logistics networks. An article in the journal Transport looks at integrated distribution processes by three medium-sized logistics operators in Warsaw, Poland. It investigates how central management of warehouses can improve …