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The Reverse Logistics Association is a trade association focused on reverse logistics, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA[1],[2]. The Reverse Logistics Association publishes a monthly magazine, RL Magazine, which features articles from academic researchers and industry practitioners regarding best practices, and hosts an annual conference and seminars, as well as smaller conferences around the world.

Membership is by company, and over 100 companies are paid members of the RLA. The Advisory Board is comprised of supply chain executives from Best Buy, Cisco, Dell, FedEx, Google, GoTRG, Home Depot, HP, Intel, and Walmart.

Best Practices in Reverse Logistics[edit]

The organization was created in 2004 to be a resource for Reverse Logistics industry practitioners[3], working for manufacturers, retailers, refurbishers, recyclers, returns processors, and secondary market sellers. Its research and best practices are published by other professional outlets as well [4].

Its members are often surveyed to learn about best practices[5]. The RLA's research is cited in articles in such as the Wall Street Journal [6],[7],[8], [9], and peer reviewed journal articles[10],[11],[12].

12N Barcode Standard[edit]

The Standards Committee of the RLA has developed a new barcode standard which allows companies to place multiple fields of information inside of a single two dimensional barcode. The Material Handling Institute is the organization empowered by ANSI to manage global barcoding standards. This standard has been given the 12N Data Identifier by the MH 10.8.2 committee.

This standard allows, for example, the serial number of a product and the Universal Product Code to be stored in one single 2D barcode, which allows retailers to record the serial number of every item sold without requiring the need for a second barcode to be scanned. The lot code or best buy date of food or pharmaceutical products can also be stored in a 12N code, which will allow customers to determine much more readily whether their food has expired or been subject to a recall.

The Open Connectivity Foundation [1], is a trade association working to simplify the process of getting devices onto the Internet of Things, and they have agreed to use the 12N standard as a part of this standardized process for getting devices onto the IoT.[13]


  1. ^ Adams, Susan (10/24/2017). "Optoro Is Building A Billion-Dollar Business Helping Companies Cope With A Glut Of Rejected Stuff". Forbes. Retrieved 8/1/2018. Check date values in: |accessdate=, |date= (help)
  2. ^ Pero, James (01/30/2019). "Online returns create big business for secondary market in reverse logistics". Real Estate Weekly. Retrieved 2/1/2019. Check date values in: |accessdate=, |date= (help)
  3. ^ Reese, Andrew (June 2005). "Meeting the Reverse Logistics Challenge". Supply & Demand Chain Executive. 6 (4): 44–47.
  4. ^ Aschenbrand, Judd; Mikitka, Michael; Sciarrotta, Tony; Trebilcock, Bob (May 2018). "The Circular Supply Chain". Supply Chain Management Review. 22 (3): 22–29.
  5. ^ Chen, Haozhe; Daugherty, Patricia J.; Jones, Angela L. (January 2016). "Ensuring Returns Management Software Effectiveness through Joint Development Orientation". Transportation Journal. 55 (1): 1–30.
  6. ^ Philips, Erica (5/1/2015). "Do Customers Have a 'Constitutional Right' to Return Stuff Ordered Online?". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 8/1/2018. Check date values in: |accessdate=, |date= (help)
  7. ^ Page, Paul (6/29/2016). "Today's Top Supply Chain and Logistics News From WSJ". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 8/1/2018. Check date values in: |accessdate=, |date= (help)
  8. ^ Philips, Erica (16 Feb 2018). "What stores do with $90 billion in merchandise returns; post-retail sales of returned and overstocked goods totaled about $554 billion in 2016 and have been growing at about 7.5% a year, an expert estimates". Wall Street Journal (online). Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  9. ^ Chaudhuri, Saabira (28 June 2016). "IKEA to recall 29 million dressers, chests in U.S. dozens of injuries and six deaths have been blamed on products tipping over, CPSC says". Wall Street Journal (online). Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  10. ^ Lambert, Serge; Riopel, Diane; Abdul-Kader, Walid (October 2011). "A reverse logistics decisions conceptual framework". Computers & Industrial Engineering. 61 (3): 561–581. doi:10.1016/j.cie.2011.04.012.
  11. ^ Morgan, Tyler R.; Tokman, Mert; Richey, Robert Glenn; Defee, Cliff (2018). "Resource commitment and sustainability: a reverse logistics performance process model". International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management. 48 (2): 164–182. doi:10.1108/IJPDLM-02-2017-0068.
  12. ^ Badenhorst, Amanda (2013). "A framework for prioritising practices to overcome cost-related problems in reverse logistics". Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management. 7 (1): 1–10. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  13. ^ Brown, Bruce (November 2017). "SQRL and the Internet of Things (IoT)" (PDF). RL Magazine (11). Retrieved 8/1/2018. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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