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The RLA was founded in 2002 when research studies were completed which revealed that over $750 billion annually was being spent on reverse logistics processes in North America alone. It was determined that a wide gap existed between third party service providers who offered reverse logistics services, and the OEMs, Retailers, and Brand Marketers who needed their services. The study also revealed there was no existing platform for discussing and sharing 'best practices' through any tradeshows, magazines, or trade associations that served the Aftermarket Supply Chain, or as it is called today - Reverse Logistics.
The Reverse Logistics Association bridges the gap between third party service providers (3PSPs), and OEMs, Retailers, and Brand Marketers, so that outsourcing for reverse logistics processes can be increased and enhanced. In addition, the association is a communication and interaction tool for reverse logistics professionals to connect with others in their field and enhance their service offerings by becoming more efficient through process and technological improvement. Our mission is to educate and inform RL professionals around the world, and all industries, about the reverse logistics process.
In order to be able to support world-wide trade conferences and the many other activities of the association, the RLA relies on funding through annual membership fees, and service fees for the various products it provides. Becoming a member of the association means you have access to a wide range of participatory opportunities to interact with RL professionals and top Fortune 500 companies who are engaged in cutting-edge best practices, and who are dedicated to increasing the knowledge base of all RL professionals.