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Trends and New Challenges in the Green Supply Chain: The Reverse Logistics

José Antonio Plaza-Úbeda (), Emilio Abad-Segura (), Jerónimo de Burgos-Jiménez (), Antoaneta Boteva-Asenova () and Luis Jesús Belmonte-Ureña ()
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José Antonio Plaza-Úbeda: Economics and Business Department, University of Almeria, 04120 Almeria, Spain
Emilio Abad-Segura: Economics and Business Department, University of Almeria, 04120 Almeria, Spain
Jerónimo de Burgos-Jiménez: Economics and Business Department, University of Almeria, 04120 Almeria, Spain
Antoaneta Boteva-Asenova: Economics and Business Department, University of Almeria, 04120 Almeria, Spain
Luis Jesús Belmonte-Ureña: Economics and Business Department, University of Almeria, 04120 Almeria, Spain

Sustainability, 2020, vol. 13, issue 1, 1-18

Abstract: As members of society, companies are exposed to social changes and pressures. Hence, an interest to be more environmentally friendly appears and rises in their core. Therefore, the supply chain management concept became “greener” with the development, among other practices, of reverse logistics programs. Both external pressures and internal factors, such as reducing costs and increasing operational performance, are motivating companies to pay more attention to the reverse flow. Unfortunately, there are still many boundaries that hinder the implementation of reverse logistics. Some of these obstacles include additional costs, the desire for deep collaboration with suppliers and customers, and the belief of some managers that are managing reverse flow that it is not worth the trouble. On the contrary, those who have assimilated its importance and advantages are interested in new and innovative tools that could contribute to more effective and efficient results, including the role of RFID technology.

Keywords: sustainability; sustainable development; green supply chain; supply chain management; reverse logistics; RFID (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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