What Are the Benefits of Reverse Logistics?

by Michael Kotendzhi | Logistics
What Are the Benefits of Reverse Logistics

Normally, when we speak of shipping or transportation and logistics, we are referring to the movement of products from the manufacturer to the customer. Reverse logistics refers to the movement of products anywhere else, but often from the end customer back to the manufacturer.

There are several benefits of reverse logistics, and we are going to look at them briefly in our blog article today.


Capturing value that would otherwise be lost is one benefit. For example, if a customer buys a product and finds that the product is defective, reverse logistics, or a mechanism for returning the product to the manufacturer, allows the customer to get the product fixed or get another one. The customer could also sell the product back to the manufacturer after use.

Similarly, with reverse logistics, the manufacturer gets an opportunity to fix the product or refurbish it and resell it.

Customer Relations

If there is no mechanism for reverse logistics, then a defective product would go in a landfill, the customer would be unhappy, and the business will have lost a customer. Also, reverse logistics would enable a customer to send a used product for recycling, which the customer would prefer over sending a used product to the landfill.

Environmental Effect

Reverse logistics allows products to be recycled which is good for the environment. The recycling step also allows for value to be captured from a used product that would otherwise be lost.

Reverse logistics needs to be well designed and efficient in order to be effective. However, it is a powerful tool with many benefits that all businesses should take advantage of.

For over 30 years, 18 Wheels Logistics has strived to be the most customer-centric trucking, warehousing, and logistics company around. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 18 Wheels relies on experience and integrity to make customers happy and remain on the cutting edge of shipping and logistics management.

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Michael Kotendzhi is President of Operations & Transportation and a partner at 18 Wheels. Michael has over 15 years of experience and is equipped with a degree in Logistics from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business. As well as a background in logistics from XPO Logistics (formally Kelron Logistics), North America's largest contract warehousing provider.

Michael's experience includes supply chain management, reverse logistics, & domestic transportation. He has developed 18 Wheels' trucking solutions, effectively utilizing the sister company's vehicle fleet and building a transportation supply-chain network across North America.