August 11, 2021
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RLA chief: "You can't be circular without reverse"
Business-to-business companies such as Cisco stand to gain financially from making circularity "part of their whole chain from ideas to birth, to production, to taking it back," says Tony Sciarrotta, executive director of the Reverse Logistics Association. Sciarrotta adds that reverse logistics is a key part of circularity and that new solutions are needed for the vast number of e-commerce returns.
Full Story: Supply Chain Now (8/9) 
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Industry Update
Amazon has introduced two Fulfillment by Amazon programs aimed at cutting waste, one of which lets third-party sellers resell goods returned to Amazon and another that allows sellers to send their returns and overstocks to wholesalers directly from the company's warehouses. The programs come in the wake of a British TV news report detailing Amazon UK's practice of destroying returned goods.
Full Story: CNBC (8/4),  Engadget (8/5) 
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A survey by the Consumer Brands Association and Ipsos found that 84% of shoppers in the US report they are worried about plastic and packaging waste, and the survey also notes that the $1.2 billion infrastructure plan currently introduced in the Senate could greatly improve US recycling. "Not only is this an important step forward for the CPG industry, which has long called for more federal involvement in our broken recycling system, but it is also an important win for consumers who want to protect their environment and ensure items tossed into their bins are actually recycled," said Katie Denis, vice president of research and industry narrative at Consumer Brands.
Full Story: Newsweek (tiered subscription model) (8/8),  Axios (8/7) 
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Procter & Gamble is working with Tennessee-based packaging producer Eastman to reduce its use of virgin plastic. Eastman has developed molecular-based recycling technologies that upcycle plastic waste typically rejected by material recovery facilities into usable material, and P&G will begin using the material in its products and packaging.
Full Story: Recycling Today (8/3) 
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Sea Threads has designed a new line of performance wear that sets itself apart through sustainability, as each shirt is made from a pound of plastic pulled from the ocean. The plastic is collected by government organizations and communities before being cleaned up, broken down and converted into fabric, with the whole process subject to third-party auditing for authenticity and quality.
Full Story: EcoWatch (8/6) 
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Policy Watch
IFixit's Wiens: Many industries need right-to-repair laws
(Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images)
Right-to-repair legislation that covers multiple industries is needed "to level the playing field," says Kyle Wiens, co-founder and CEO of iFixit. "Either we step in now, we say things need to stay repairable, (or) manufacturers can use new techniques at their disposal to lock people out at all or lock them into their repair ecosystem," Wiens says.
Full Story: Android Central (7/30) 
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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed legislation creating an extended producer responsibility program for companies that make packaging, foodservice items and paper products. Oregon is the second state to enact such a law, following Maine.
Full Story: Recycling Today (8/6),  Waste Dive (8/9),  The Oregonian (Portland, Ore.) (8/9) 
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Don't miss out on Early Bird prices for RLA Vegas 2021!
Join us IN PERSON September 28-30, 2021 at the Mirage in Las Vegas!!! RLA will bring you the industry thought leaders in reverse logistics plus a newly expanded exhibit hall. Early bird pricing ends August 30th. Members can register using your free voucher. Event details and registration here.
Technology Trends
Fashionphile is the latest luxury resale site to experiment with in-store sales with the launch of a small shop in the Neighborhood Goods store in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood. The company has compiled data from its online transactions that offer insights into local tastes, making it easier to curate the right selection of about 150 items from the 45,000 pieces it has in stock, founder Sarah Davis said.
Full Story: Glossy (tiered subscription model) (8/5) 
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Member Spotlight
Cloud-based returns management systems can speed up the returns process, provide valuable data and visibility for retailers and generate revenue for third-party logistics providers, according to ReverseLogix. These systems should have customer portals, automated communications and other features, the company says.
Full Story: ReverseLogix (8/4) 
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RLA News
4 days left to update your company profile in the Directory of Reverse Logistics Providers
4 days left to update your company profile in the Directory of Reverse Logistics Providers
If you haven't updated your company information on the RLA website you still have a few more days. All 3PSPs will want to be a part of this first ever Directory of Reverse Logistics Providers! The hard copy directory will be distributed to all attendees at the 18th Annual Reverse Logistics Conference & Expo in Las Vegas Sept. 28-20, as well as available online to RLA Members. Update your company profile now to be a part of the directory.
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Check out our Reverse Logistics Podcasts!
Check out our Reverse Logistics Podcasts!
RLA continues to participate in several media outlets to keep the public updated on the reverse logistics industry. Listen to our latest podcasts and interviews, as well as our Reverse Logistics Podcast Series with Supply Chain Now.
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Editor's Note
A summary in the Aug. 4 edition of RLA SmartBrief incorrectly identified Jim Puckett's employer. Puckett works for Basel Action Network. SmartBrief regrets the error.
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