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Trade-offs in managing commercial consumer returns for online apparel retail

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posted on 05.05.2016, 13:43 by Sander de Leeuw, Beatriz Minguela-Rata, Ehsan SabetEhsan Sabet, Jaap Boter, Runa Sigurdardottir
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

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School

  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Published in

International Journal of Operations & Production Management

Volume

36

Issue

6

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.

Publisher

© Emerald Group Publishing

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

20/01/2016

Publication date

2016

Notes

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

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en

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