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18 Feb 2013
OPS provide Interim Manager to City Link
OPS are delighted to announce that they have been engaged by City Link in supporting their International proposition. City Link is the 6th...
OPS provide Interim Manager to City Link
July 18 2012
OPS have worked closely with Professional Fulfillment Services (ProFS)
OPS have worked closely with Professional Fulfillment Services (ProFS) in providing an Interim Manager to their warehouse operation on...
OPS have worked closely with Professional Fulfillment Services (ProFS)
13 March 2012
OPS successfully conducted a warehouse design review for Cheese Cellar
OPS successfully conducted a warehouse design review for Cheese Cellar, a leading company who supply the highest quality cheeses and ingredients to...
OPS successfully conducted a warehouse design review for Cheese Cellar
25 January 2012
Fuller Smith & Turner (FST) has engaged OPS, to conduct an in-depth logistics review.
Fuller Smith & Turner (FST) has engaged OPS, to conduct an in-depth logistics review.FST are a world-renowned brewery that has been brewing...
Fuller Smith & Turner (FST) has engaged OPS, to conduct an in-depth logistics review.
31st Jan 2012
OPS Deliver Free Business Advice Surgery
OPS are delighted and excited to be supporting Foodex 2012 with our unique free Business Advice Surgery, focusing on recession busting ideas and...
OPS Deliver Free Business Advice Surgery
30th June 2011
Derry gets the Elbow
Our friends at Press on SHD [http://www.pressonshd.com/blog/view/ask-dan-derry-gets-the-elbow%20] have recently published this. It's good to see...
Derry gets the Elbow
10th June 2011
Advice with knowledge and experience
OPS Logistics Consultancy (OPS) have taken their very successful free Advice Surgery, which highlights at major events in the UK and continued the...
Advice with knowledge and experience
23rd January 2011
Food & drink logistics show welcomes the ops logistics consultancy advice surgery to the show
After a highly successful launch in 2010, the Food & Drink Logistics Show [http://www.fdlogisticsshow.co.uk/] (FDLS) returns in 2011 at the NEC...
Food & drink logistics show welcomes the ops logistics consultancy advice surgery to the show
13th September 2010
Green Management at work within Logistics
Environmental responsibility, as well as awareness, is becoming a higher priority within business, as customers begin to expect their suppliers to...
Green Management at work within Logistics
13th July 2010
No Supply Chain Cheer As Christmas Comes Early
The Christmas peak is expected to come earlier than ever in 2010 and retailers need to ensure that their supply chains are prepared to cope with...
No Supply Chain Cheer As Christmas Comes Early
16th March 2010
Saved all you can on mail?
Dan Derry, managing director of OPS Logistics Consultancy Ltd, writes for Post&Parcel.   Mail is a crucial part of any...
Saved all you can on mail?
4th March 2010
CILT FOCUS Feature
OPS Logistics are featured in the latest Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport magazine. "New consultancy solutions to banish the...
CILT FOCUS Feature
February 26th 2010
OPS with Handling Storage Solutions
OPS Logistics Consultancy has recently featured in the February edition of Handling and Storage Solutions:  
OPS with Handling Storage Solutions
03/02/2010
New Services Launched
OPS Logistics Consultancy has launched a range of services to help businesses exit the recession stronger and better prepared for future supply...
New Services Launched


Green Management at work within Logistics
13th September 2010

Environmental responsibility, as well as awareness, is becoming a higher priority within business, as customers begin to expect their suppliers to act socially responsibly.  Unfortunately, most businesses only scratch the surface in their endeavours to become more environmentally conscious, such as, turning off lights and other power devices, recycling paper or ink cartridges, etc, etc.   Very few give consideration to the supply chain and the environmental benefits and cost savings, which can be generated through the installation and management of proper practices.  One area in particular is Reverse Logistics.  To enable businesses to understand and begin to manage this area, OPS Logistics Consultancy (OPS) have put together a FREE White Paper.

Reverse Logistics Management might be seen as a new trend in the logistics sector, but it constitutes much more than the short-term hype that is frequently encountered in the business sphere.  Because of the global concern about scarce resources and managing waste, it will become more and more important in the way we manage the supply chain.  The world recession has caused all companies to strive for savings in their logistics costs, so they increasingly take a hard look at their reverse logistics practices.  Activity Based Costing, or ABC analysis, has contributed significantly to the newfound focus as it emphasised the cost associated with reverse logistics.

“Businesses need to start managing the entire supply chain (cradle to grave) and take advantage of the potential improved bottom line margins, as well as their corporate image,” according to Dan Derry, Managing Director of OPS. “We live on a small planet with finite resources, so it is increasingly important that we look after what we have and begin to manage all areas under our control, including those of our suppliers.  Environmental responsibility does not stop once you no longer have possession of the goods.”

What is Reverse Logistics and who does it effect?  Where primary distribution is the flow of products or goods from its origin to the place or point of consumption; reverse logistics is a secondary channel flowing in the opposite direction.  It can comprise such diverse transactions as returns, recalls, and waste management. Diverse examples are empty containers, like plastic crates or pallets, glass bottles, empty gas cylinders, batteries returned for disposal, recycled glass, reconditioned engine or machine parts, cargo rail cars, cargo containers, old newspapers and magazines, outdated clothing, damaged furniture, incomplete sets of items, malfunctioning toys, etc.

The White Paper provides for a greater understanding in order to meet this challenge, including how to get started and manage the reverse logistics process, with step-by-step actions.  Companies must review their entire supply chain to ensure they have the best value for money approach and can ensure customer satisfaction, whilst having the adaptability to quickly meet a changing economic climate.  Those that follow this process will be in a much stronger position.

“Businesses face a big challenge in a still struggling economy,” explains Derry. “It is clear that companies that invest in the equipment, technology, partnerships and thought processes needed to create efficient reverse logistics systems will succeed in achieving better margins, improved customer retention, and maintain flexibility to adapt and respond to changes that would impact the reverse logistics system.”

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