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Title: Trade-offs in managing commercial consumer returns for online apparel retail
Authors: de Leeuw, Sander
Minguela-Rata, Beatriz
Sabet, Ehsan
Boter, Jaap
Sigurdardottir, Runa
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © Emerald Group Publishing
Citation: DE LEEUW, S. ... et al, 2016. Trade-offs in managing commercial consumer returns for online apparel retail. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 36 (6), pp. 710-731.
Abstract: Purpose The objective of this research is to investigate how online apparel retailers make trade-offs in achieving efficiency in handling consumer returns, attempting to reduce the number of consumer returns they are faced with, and increasing sales through returns management. Design/methodology/approach We use literature to develop propositions and employed a case study research design to understand how online apparel retailers make trade-offs in returns management practices in order to verify our propositions. Case study subjects have been anonimized. Findings We have developed and verified five propositions with the aim to understand how retailers make trade-offs in reducing the number of online consumer returns, increasing the effectiveness of handling online consumer returns, and increasing sales through returns management. Research limitations/implications Our research is limited by the use of interview data from cases, a focus on apparel retail only and by the use of companies located in the Netherlands only. Practical implications Our propositions help managers make trade-offs in reducing the number of returns versus increasing sales through returns management versus increasing the effectiveness of handling consumer returns. Originality/value Several authors identify that more empirical research is welcome in the area of returns management. Our research aims to contribute to this gap by focusing at how online apparel retailers make trade-offs in achieving efficiency in handling returns, increasing sales through returns management, and attempting to reduce the number of consumer returns they receive
Description: This paper is embargoed until May 2018
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1108/IJOPM-01-2015-0010
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/21134
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJOPM-01-2015-0010
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