An exploratory study on the returns management process in an online retailer

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de Araujo A.C.
Matsuoka E.M.
Ung J.E.
Massote A.
Sampaio M.
International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications
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DE ARAÚJO, ANA CAROLINA; MATSUOKA, ERICA MAYUMI; UNG, JULY ELLEN; MASSOTE, ALEXANDRE; SAMPAIO, MAURO. An exploratory study on the returns management process in an online retailer. International Journal of Logistics-Research and Applications, v. 21, p. 1-18, 2017.
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© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.The returns management process is gaining increasing importance both in academia and among supply chain professionals, not only as a tool in the practice of sustainability, but also for its strategic role in many economic sectors. Several studies show how efficiently returns management can reduce costs and provide a competitive advantage to companies. Likewise, electronic commerce, or e-commerce, has shown significant growth in many countries and, due to its very nature, it presents much higher return rates than traditional trade. However, despite the importance of returns management operation for electronic commerce, few studies explore this theme in the literature. The aim of this paper is to describe the process of returns management of the largest online retailer of the Brazilian market, showing its evolution and analysing its performance, as well as identifying its main shortcomings. We conclude with suggestions for improvements and the implementation of a more efficient system.