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|Title: ||Trade-offs in managing commercial consumer returns for online apparel retail|
|Authors: ||de Leeuw, Sander|
|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.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 was accepted for publication in the journal International Journal of Operations & Production Management and the definitive published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJOPM-01-2015-0010|
|Version: ||Accepted for publication|
|Publisher Link: ||http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJOPM-01-2015-0010|
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles (Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering)|
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