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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