Barriers for implementing reverse logistics in South African construction organizations
Authors: Unathi Makalima, Clinton Aigbavboa, Ifije Ohiomah, Nita Sukdeo
Abstract: this papers aims to present a survey of the perception of the barriers to implementing reverse logistics practices in South African construction organisations. Despite the extensive research on forward logistics and RL, there is a paucity of studies that examine the barriers to implementing RL particularly within the South African construction industry that hinders the implementation of RL. Data were collected by utilising the use of questionnaires. The quantitative survey data were subjected to descriptive analysis. The following barriers were indicated as most significant; lack of awareness of reverse logistics practices, lack of knowledge of the revenue reverse logistics brings. The least ranked barriers are limited forecasting and planning in reverse logistics, lack of pressure from community and perceived idea that the cost of adopting RL is high. First, the reported findings are focussed on one study that used questionnaire surveys within the construction industry; therefore, the results may not be generalisable to other contexts. The barriers identified could be used as a road map for the development of appropiate solutions for the successful implementation of RL.
Keywords: construction industry, barriers, reverse logistics
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