June 6, 2014
New research from APICS Foundation, a nonprofit organization that advances supply chain and operations management innovation through research, publications, education and talent development, finds remanufacturing serves a broad array of strategic interests for companies, provides considerable career advancement potential for individuals and has become instrumental in furthering sustainability initiatives.
Previously segmented to specific areas of the B2C supply chain, like customer service, APICS Foundation says remanufacturing has established a place in both B2C and B2B supply chain models and is expanding significantly as additional markets accept and trust the “as good as new” concept.
“Remanufacturing provides obvious benefit for the forward progress of sustainable supply chain initiatives,” Sharon Rice, executive director, APICS Foundation, says. “Supply chain professionals are eager for more information about this quickly evolving area because, as our survey has shown, more than 50 percent of survey respondents felt it was important for supply chain and operations management professionals to have at least some familiarity with remanufacturing as they expect a growing demand for remanufactured goods.”
Three key findings arose through the surveys that further identify the current perception of remanufacturing and distinguish how professionals anticipate its future industry benefit:
These findings are part of the APICS Foundation’s recent report “Examining Remanufacturing in Supply Chain and Operations Management.” To gather information for this report, the APICS Foundation surveyed supply chain and operations management practitioners in 2013 in response to a growing interest in remanufacturing and requests for more research.