Capturing circular economy value through reverse logistics

Deutsche Post DHL Group and Cranfield University have published a new report entitled, Waste not, want not: Capturing the value of the circular economy through reverse logistics, which looks at the potential to evolve a model where materials, components and products are more effectively recovered and re-processed. 

Developing effective reverse logistics networks is a significant barrier, both for individual companies implementing circular business models, and when stepping back to view the system as a whole. The research conducted and published by Deutsche Post DHL Group and Cranfield University takes a first step to tackling the reverse logistics challenge in terms of evolving effective models.

At the core of the report is an attempt to develop a “Reverse Logistics Maturity Model” tool, where the potential for alternative product and business model are used to inform base scenarios and an understanding of the requirements for set-up. The next phase is a mapping process for reverse logistics activities, which incorporates the place of the business or product model in the value chain. The report is publicly available and it’ll be interesting to see to what extent businesses engage and succeed using this innovative tool. The collaboration was enabled by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 (CE100) programme.

Download the full report here.

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