April 21, 2021
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IT asset disposition providers need to recommit to data security, marketing, certification and education to remain competitive in the growing sector, writes John Yeider, chief operating officer at Re-Teck. Companies should also be ready to advise customers about the regulatory issues related to IT assets, he writes.
Full Story: Reverse Logistics magazine (free registration) (4/2021) 
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Retailers could minimize the environmental and financial impacts of returns by dedicating an executive to reverse logistics who can focus on optimizing processes, according to Tony Sciarrotta, executive director of the Reverse Logistics Association. He also warns that allowing customers to keep items they wanted to return can hurt a brand's value.
Full Story: Retail Dive (4/19) 
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Taco Bell to start recycling program for sauce packets
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Taco Bell is joining with TerraCycle to start recycling the chain's currently nonrecyclable plastic hot sauce packets, which US customers use and discard at a rate of 8.2 billion per year. The pilot program is set to begin later this year, and will include an option for customers to recycle packets from their homes.
Full Story: Nation's Restaurant News (free registration) (4/19),  Food & Wine (4/19) 
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Lululemon tries its hand at resale
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Lululemon will test a resale program called "Like New" in California and Texas starting next month, through which customers can trade in used leggings and other workout wear in stores or through the mail for Lululemon gift cards. The retailer is teaming with Trove on the new program, which will likely grow to include online resale in June.
Full Story: CNBC (4/20) 
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ALDI aims to limit packaging with new concept
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An ALDI store in the UK is the first to test proposed dispensers that allow customers to purchase loose pasta and rice using free recyclable bags. The new Pasta and Rice refill station concept is part of ALDI's plan to remove 21 million pieces of packaging from its stores each year, the grocer said.
Full Story: Fox Business (4/15) 
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Keurig Dr Pepper is responding to a shareholder proposal from nonprofit As You Sow by pledging to reduce virgin plastic use by 25% by 2025. The move aligns with the company's long-term mission to transition to 100% recyclable or compostable packaging.
Full Story: Food Dive (4/13) 
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The global computer chip shortage has hurt the availability of affordable new devices, creating higher demand for used electronics, writes Guennael Delorme. Trade-in programs and repair services will likely grow to bolster the supply of used devices, Delorme writes.
Full Story: LinkedIn (4/13) 
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Reverse Logistics Magazine - Edition 113 published
This edition includes a cover story from Re-Teck, plus additional content on Reverse Logistics standards and best practices, including articles from: ERI, Innover, SERI and more. Gain access to this edition, plus all past magazine editions with a one-time free log in.
Technology Trends
A team from the University of California, Riverside, has identified a process for turning polyethylene plastic bottles into a nanomaterial that can be used in battery applications. "Using waste from landfill and upcycling plastic bottles could lower the total cost of batteries while making … battery production sustainable on top of eliminating plastic pollution worldwide," said co-author Mihri Ozkan.
Full Story: PV Magazine (Germany) (4/13) 
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