Reverse Logistics Service Providers for the Fashion Industry
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Reverse logistics is for all operations related to the reuse of products and materials. It is "the process of moving goods from their typical final destination for the purpose of capturing value, or proper disposal. Remanufacturing and refurbishing activities also may be included in the definition of reverse logistics."

Before learning about the services providers, you may want to take a moment to read our reverse logistics description from our apparel industry terms section.

The reverse logistics process includes the management and the sale of surplus as well as returned equipment and machines from the hardware leasing business. Normally, logistics deal with events that bring the product towards the customer. In the case of reverse logistics, the resource goes at least one step back in the supply chain.

Agility: Agility's story parallels the rise of emerging markets in the global economy.  The company got its start as a local warehousing provider in Kuwait and grew to become one of the largest logistics company in the Middle East.  It acquired more than 40 logistics brands around the world, investing billions to build a global network with a strong footprint in emerging markets.  Today, Agility is one of the world's largest integrated logistics providers with more than 20,000 employees and operations in 100 countries.  Agility has two main lines of business.  Through their Global Integrated Logistics (GIL) business, they work with companies in diverse industries and markets to move, manage, and distribute the goods that underpin global commerce. Through their Infrastructure portfolio of companies, they provide logistics-related services in emerging markets that facilitate trade and create access to new opportunities.  After goods arrive at the warehouse, Agility takes orders from the customer, processes them, then picks and packs goods for delivery.  Agility systems provide order visibility and product tracking.  Agility uses a dedicated fleet and preferred vendors to ensure reliable delivery and works with Agility branch offices to deliver to remote retail locations across the Indonesian archipelago. The customer relies on Agility to reduce its environmental impact by reusing cartons, a program being extended to include collection and reuse of cartons from retail outlets.  Agility handles the customer's reverse logistics, managing the collection and return of any defective or recalled goods.​

FedEx Supply Chain Reverse Logistics & Returns: Reverse logistics often operates independently, but by working with FedEx Supply Chain division to create and implement an integrated strategy, you will optimize recovery potential. Their holistic approach enables the simple, reliable returns experience your customers expect, while reducing the costs associated with handling returns. The reverse logistics experts at FedEx Supply Chain analyze returns processes and optimize operations by eliminating waste streams and identifying the best disposition method for each product — whether it's return to vendor, return to stock, liquidation, recycle or salvage.

Liquidity Services transforms your reverse supply chain from a headache into a high-performing function that fuels your continued success.  They  provide consultative surplus asset management, valuation, and sales solutions that meet your goals and challenges with transparency and simplicity.  Clients choose Liquidity Services because their service, scale, and results are unmatched.  Their experienced teams, global solutions, and proven surplus asset management methods deliver maximum value across your reverse supply chain.  Every organization has surplus: idle or used equipment, returned goods, and excess inventory no longer needed. With superior service, comprehensive solutions, and proven strategies, Liquidity Services transform your surplus into liquid opportunity. Your reverse supply chain becomes a high-performing function that generates maximum value and fuels achievement of your strategic goals.  Their consultative surplus asset management, valuation, and sales solutions are specialized by industry vertical  and asset category.  Contact them to discuss how they can help you liquidate your clothing, footwear, and fashion accessories.

Reverse Logistics Association: The Apparel Committee is organized to share and promote Reverse Logistics best practices in the Apparel Industry. The committee will strive to educate its members and the industry on Reverse Logistics strategies and practices that support savings and waste elimination. Industry awareness will be promoted through focused workshops, conference sessions and collaboration opportunities.  They are a trade association focused on Third Party Service Providers to whom OEMs, ODMs, Branded and Retail companies outsource.  The Reverse Logistics Association monitors thousands of 3PSPs worldwide who are providing Aftermarket Supply Chain services, while supporting the outsourcing needs of OEM, ODM, Branded and Retail companies.  Our mission is to educate and inform Reverse Logistics professionals around the world.  RLA focuses on all industries in the reverse logistics process. No matter what industry, High Tech, Automotive, Medical/pharmaceutical, Publishing, Apparel, or Consumer, their goal is to provide RL process knowledge to all industries. They want to educate everyone about the reverse logistics processes that are common to all industries.  They have been and will continue to provide their services at a moderate price to their members.

You may also want to learn about third party logistics for the fashion industry in our industry terms section.

It may be a good idea to also visit our Salvage and Liquidation pages for additional relevant services. 

While you are at it, we suggest you review our fashion closeouts section.

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