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Transparency as a Driver for Logistical Efficiency in WEEE Collection and Transport

by 1,*,† and 2,†
1
Department of Accounting Auditing and Business Analytics, BI Norwegian Business School, Nydalsveien 37, 0484 Oslo, Norway
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Norwegian Institute for Sustainability Research, Stadion 4, 1671 Kråkerøy, Norway
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Authors contributed equally.
Logistics 2020, 4(3), 14; https://doi.org/10.3390/logistics4030014
Received: 4 May 2020 / Revised: 8 June 2020 / Accepted: 24 June 2020 / Published: 2 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Maritime and Transport Logistics)
Inefficiency in complex reverse-logistical operations, such as the collection and transport of various wastes, can often be traced to two related factors. Adversarial and arms-length relationships between service providers and customers are commonplace, alongside surprisingly limited understanding of the cost base. This study investigated transparency and shared understanding as drivers for higher efficiency and lower costs. Observation and intervention in contractual negotiations was combined with analyses of cost and sensitivity, and a post-contractual transparency exercise with bidders where findings were shared with all parties. The work yielded both immediate efficiency gains and a longer-term infrastructure for cost evaluation and negotiation. Ongoing work is extending the approach into yet more complex and broader areas of municipal waste management. View Full-Text
Keywords: WEEE; logistics; efficiency; costing; transparency; relationships WEEE; logistics; efficiency; costing; transparency; relationships
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Bø, E.; Baxter, J. Transparency as a Driver for Logistical Efficiency in WEEE Collection and Transport. Logistics 2020, 4, 14. https://doi.org/10.3390/logistics4030014

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Bø E, Baxter J. Transparency as a Driver for Logistical Efficiency in WEEE Collection and Transport. Logistics. 2020; 4(3):14. https://doi.org/10.3390/logistics4030014

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Bø, Eirill, and John Baxter. 2020. "Transparency as a Driver for Logistical Efficiency in WEEE Collection and Transport" Logistics 4, no. 3: 14. https://doi.org/10.3390/logistics4030014

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