Reverse Logistics

Logistics Definitions

What is Reverse Logistics?

Many organizations and individuals have tried to define Reverse Logistics. We refer to the term "reverse logistics" as all activity associated with a product/service after the point of sale, the ultimate goal to optimize or make more efficient aftermarket activity, thus saving money and environmental resources.

The chart below shows how ReverseLogistics™ comes into play in the Supply Chain.


Other terms synonymous to ReverseLogistics™ (RL) are Aftermarket Logistics, Retrogistics, or Aftermarket Supply Chain. The reverse supply chain is also a term used in the industry. RL is not to be confused with forward logistics or getting the product to market commonly known as the forward supply chain. Types of activity common with reverse logistics includes: logistics, warehousing, repair, refurbishment, recycling, e-waste, after market call center support, reverse fulfillment, field service and many others. Wikipedia

"In other words, anytime money is taken from a company's Warranty Reserve or Service Logistics budget, that is a Reverse Logistics operation" - Gailen Vick, President RLA

Our definition of Reverse Logistics has evolved since our founding to encourage all industries towards managing their assets… “Reverse Logistics is the scientific process of managing assets, in every department in all industries and across all disciplines”…. Not only supply chain solutions in the High Technology Industry, but all industries and every department from Legal to Human Resources.