Down the reverse logistics line
In addition to some of the space challenges that add to the need for more sustainable reverse logistics, other trends on the horizon include the outsourcing of such processes.
Reverse logistics is not an afterthought as much anymore even if people keep it in house,” said Burton. “But the trend will be to outsource it. And Liquidity Services is committed to this long term as this is going to be a job for professionals in the future that is going to include states, municipalities and other government entities. Because the requirements are becoming stricter and you can’t just throw things in the ground and cover them up anymore, the trend will be to outsource.”
“Our primary focus is and will always be taking out the stewardship of military units and providing them with the equipment they need—adding to the quality of life,” MacNevin also added. “By electing a contract, we moved the cost of doing the sale of material to the public to a contractor. We also moved the cost of the infrastructure required to hold the material if we were going to sell it.”
Looking ahead, regardless of industry segment, reverse logistics processes will become a more integral component of the supply chain as companies look to sustainable and ROI-generating methods to dispose of and reuse goods and materials. Suffice to say that even at the government level, such large masses of property—that may be excess to military activities—don’t necessarily meet their end and can instead, serve a purpose elsewhere.