Get your students talking about supply chains and utilising reverse logistics in supply networks.
SUPPLY CHAIN - Reverse logistics
Reverse logistics is when a product goes backwards through the supply chain network. For example, when a customer returns a faulty product to the distributor or when a distributor returns it to the manufacturer in order to destroy or recycle it.
Ask students to discuss the following scenario:
A company has received a huge shipment of damaged goods. What should they do with them?
- Return them to the manufacturer to be destroyed
- Sell them as damaged goods on eBay
- Donate them to the developing world / to a charity
- Send them away for recycling
Have students discuss with a partner which option to choose and why. Encourage them to add any other ideas if they think they’re better than the list above.
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