The Reverse Logistics Magazine is a monthly digital publication of the Reverse Logistics Associationwith a circulation of 90,000 readers worldwide. Reverse logistics is a process that crosses all industries including High-Tech, Retail, Medical, Pharmaceutical, Automotive and Aerospace, just to name a few.
The magazine provides the latest information regarding the various areas of reverse logistics including returns management, refurbishment, field service and warranty management.
Reverse Logistics News Highlights
Retailers: It’s Time To Check How Your Stores Manage Their Waste
6 March 2014 – If youre a retailer, its a good time to assess your system for tracking and managing hazardous waste. Think you dont generate any? Think again. Those aerosol cans, product returns from customers, old pharmaceuticals and other waste materials all could potentially subject your retail outlets and stores to hazardous waste management requirements. And dont think that EPA doesnt care. It does, and it is embarking on a process that could either simplify or complicate how you manage your wastes.
A theme that runs through many of my posts is how environmental laws written to address a particular set of issues are confronted with new issues outside of those initial paradigms. Think climate change. When first enacted, the Clean Air Act was intended to address local and regional air pollution problems ozone, particulates, lead directly impacting human health and the environment. Now EPA is trying to twist the Acts regulatory structure to address a problem the emission of greenhouse gases that it was never intended to. Needless to say, the fit is awkward, an issue the Supreme Court is considering right now.
Schneider Electric Surpasses 1 GW Of Solar PV Service Contracts
6 March 2014 – Schneider Electric SA (Rueil-Malmaison, France) had entered into cumulative contracts to service more than 1 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) plants at the end of 2013, as the first company to do so. The company operates and services PV plants in five continents.
The company’s operations and maintenance (O&M) service offerings range from remote technical control and spare parts management to corrective and preventative maintenance of balance of systems.
United States: Proposed Regulation Of Hazardous Waste In Retail Sector
5 March 2014 – The Environmental Protection Agency has released a Notice of Data Availability (NODA) in order “to collect information towards improving hazardous waste requirements for the retail sector”. To read it, click here. Retailer hazardous waste violations are already a hot enforcement issue in some jurisdictions like California where settlements against big box retailers and chain stores are regularly in the millions of dollars e.g., K Mart’s $8 million settlement and Home Depot’s settlement of $9.9 million.
Now, EPA appears to be extending this focus nationally: the NODA states that it has committed to analyze information and identify issues about the regulations applicable to hazardous waste generated in the retail industry, including: a) what materials may be affected; b) what the scope of the issues are; and c) what options may exist for addressing the issues. Hazardous wastes from the retail industry sector are regulated under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the enforcement of which is typically delegated to the various states.
Green Automotive To Buy British Automotive Parts Remanufacturing Business
5 March 2014 – Eco-friendly vehicles distributor Green Automotive (GAC) has entered into a binding agreement to purchase British automotive parts remanufacturing business Transhock.
Based in West Midlands, UK, Transhock is a re-manufacturer and distributor of vehicle parts and accessories.
Ghana Hosts Africa Forum On Transport And Logistics
5 March 2014 – A three-day Africa forum on logistics and transport opened in Accra on the 4th of March 2014, on the theme: Reverse Logistics: An Untapped Potential For Corporate Competitive Advantage.
Opening the forum, the Minister for Transport Mrs. Dzifa Attivor said Ghana is capable of reducing carnage on the roads, provided road users adhere to road signs and regulations.