The CSR LAB supports: the memoirs of ESCP Europe students

The CSR LAB supports: the memoirs of ESCP Europe students

As part of the partnership between our CSR LAB and ESCP Europe, two students completed their final thesis on topics designed by the LAB, which accompanied them until their thesis defence.

These young people share with you the results of their research. Thanks to Capucine Cuny for her research on the valuation of unsold goods and to Pietro Cimpanelli for his work on Reverse Logistics in the circular economy.

A few words about them

Capucine Cuny is completing her final year of Master’s degree in Management at ESCP Europe, which she completed with an internship in Financial Planning and Analysis at Criteo – the French unicorn of digital marketing. In November, driven by the curiosity to discover yet another field and a profession she didn’t know, she will start her next experience in CDI as a Consultant in Digital and Emerging Technologies.

Pietro Cimpanelli is a graduate of ESCP Europe, with previous experience in e-commerce. Interested in the relationship between the Company and Society; according to this, his areas of interest include: Green Economy, Circular Economy, Sustainable Mobility and Responsible Investment.

Their memoirs in a few lines

Typology of solutions for the recovery of unsold items

This thesis focuses on the circular economy from the perspective of the supply chain and more particularly on the value of unsold goods. What to do with these products that do not sell? This is an issue that concerns companies in all sectors. It appears that the motivations for promoting a solution to value unsold items are varied, as are the benefits. There are many constraints – whether legal (such as different laws on unsold food for example), logistical or economic – that encourage or constrain these solutions.

The analysis of the different unsold goods valuation techniques used in companies in various sectors makes it possible to draw synthetic recommendations and future prospects: what works in terms of unsold goods valuation? What is the future of unsold goods recovery?

Reverse Logistics in Circular Economy: Logistics Service Providers as potential enablers of b2c reverse flows. The case of France.

The thesis starts from the assumption that Reverse Logistics could be a potential bottleneck of a circular economy supply chain, considering the fact that the consumer become the supplier from which reverse flows start.

This is particularly true for household end-of-life products of small-dimension (for example: small electronic devices, ink cartridges, light bulbs, coffee capsules…etc.), that are not collected by municipalities at consumer’s house and for which the consumer could have little incentive to bring them back. Their eventual disposal in landfills could generate economic externalities, considering that they could contain scarce resources, and environmental externalities, considering that they could be toxic.

This thesis focuses on the potential role that logistic service providers (LSPs) could play as large-scale collectors of discarded household products, analysing the case of France. In particular, LSPs are becoming very close to the consumer considering variables such as the spread of e-commerce, and therefore the thesis focuses on the possibility to integrate last mile delivery with first mile reverse logistics. In the thesis are theorized two models, the first sees LSPs collecting directly from the consumer’s house, the second sees the use of point of delivery (Point Relais) as point of collection.

Find below the presentation of their defense.

Unsold items

Reverse logistics in circular economy