The National Retail Federation (NRF) announced its acquisition of the Reverse Logistics Association (RLA), a global trade association for the returns and reverse industry. The announcement was made during the RLA Leadership Summit in Atlanta and is part of NRF’s unrivaled commitment to support sustainable practices throughout the retail industry, according to a press release.
“NRF has a long history of convening supply chain professionals to collaborate and develop resources that improve the retail industry. Retailers understand the importance of sustainability practices and the environmental, economic, social and consumer benefits that accompany them,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said in the release. “As consumer demand for sustainable offerings continues to increase, RLA’s reverse logistics expertise will help our members to ‘close the loop’ and accelerate the emergence of the circular economy.”
NRF Enhancing Supply Chain and Sustainability Efforts
The circular economy is an economy-wide effort to ensure that useful products, materials and resources are reused or recycled. While hundreds of retail brands already offer “gently used” or “pre-loved” products, many others sell excess inventory at a discount. The reverse logistics industry manages the collecting, sorting, repairing and refurbishing of products for resale or recycling.
“Joining NRF is an exciting opportunity for RLA and our members,” said RLA Executive Director Tony Sciarrotta in the release. “NRF recognizes reverse logistics as the backbone of the circular economy and understands how it plays a vital role in broader sustainability initiatives for the retail industry. Through this partnership, RLA will continue to reach industries investing in the circular economy and enhance NRF’s long-term commitment to retail’s supply chain and sustainability efforts.”
This acquisition will ensure that NRF’s members and the industry will continue to receive the most forward thinking, real world and actionable innovations, research and information to drive the evolution of the world’s supply chain. As the leading authority and voice for the retail industry, NRF engages with retailers and other sustainability stakeholders to deliver insights on innovations and sustainability practices within the retail industry and facilitates collaboration across the sector.