We have less time than ever before and everything needs to be quick and easy. Online shopping gets more popular by the day and is almost impossible to get around. This generates piles of unused clothing. How can we make this entire process more efficient and circular?
About Jolly Green Giant
The idea of a circular webshop was born beginning of 2017, but I need your help to get the idea off the ground! Today, Jolly Green Giant (JGG) is mainly an educational tool and blog website. Gradually, JGG wants to start adding products and brands that share our values and create an online sustainable hub that closes the loop in the clothing industry. Smaller brands can use the platform to grow. The goal is not to push sales on people; instead, offer them a better, more durable and circular product than what is already out there.
Driving a linear model towards a circular webshop…?
In the current online sales model, it’s all about the sale! “Well, that’s what it’s all about”, I hear you thinking. None of the online sellers are keen on getting goods returned, it requires a lot of work and resources to deal with them to check them and get them back into stock, if that is even possible at all. Some businesses even choose to just discard their returned items because it keeps the costs low, even though they might be in perfect condition to be resold! Crazy, right?!
What if I wanted people to return their items to JGG? How can we process them in an efficient way to sell them again at discounted price? What legal, business, logistics aspects do we have to take into account? Do you have the knowledge we seek?
The call for help
I am searching for a supply chain/logistics knowledge partner that is willing to explore the path of a circular webshop with me: a small and starting entrepreneur in the clothing, logistics or financial sector.
- Is it possible to have delivery trucks also bring back returns to a central warehouse at the end of the day? This way we can avoid vans driving around empty and save fuel and CO2 emissions.
- What is the best way to handle the returns once they hit the warehouse? They need to be checked, possibly repaired, cleaned, retagged, priced, photographed and put into stock and end up on the website.
- Is it feasible to involve social workplace involved in this process? Are you aware of any places that offer this kind of services?
- Is it even feasible to do all this from a financial perspective?
- Can we use technology to our advantage and automate part of this model?
- Any other challenges I haven’t even thought about?
Starting a fully circular business is a huge challenge in this linear world, both financially as well as operationally. The more we discuss it together, the closer we get!Image: Pixabay