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Should a manufacturer sell refurbished returns on the secondary market to incentivize retailers to reduce consumer returns? (English) Zbl 1430.90061
Summary: Consumer electronics returns are typically returned by the retailer to the manufacturer for a full refund of the wholesale price. This practice does not sufficiently motivate the retailer to reduce the volume of returns. Different mechanisms have been proposed to incentivize the retailer to reduce returns, such as a reduced wholesale price for returns below a target, but they do not consider the subsequent disposition of returns. The high value of returns usually justifies refurbishment and resale. We study how competition between refurbished returns sold by the manufacturer and new products sold at the retailer affects retailer behavior. We find that the retailer never exerts more effort to reduce returns when faced with competition through the online store. The manufacturer’s profitability, however, is always higher with an online store. The online store is also preferable to a strategy where the manufacturer only partially refunds the retailer for returns.

90B06 Transportation, logistics and supply chain management
90B50 Management decision making, including multiple objectives
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