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Loop Shops

Kringwinkels ('Loop shops') select, sort and fix discarded goods which they resell in their own stores. Kringwinkels get their stock from items that people donate. These are often collected at home.
In Flanders, Kringwinkels are part and parcel of the social economy, employing people with little chances on the labor market. Thanks to their low prices, Kringwinkels give the underprivileged the opportunity to buy their own basic household equipment. There are some 125 Kringwinkels in Flanders.

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  • Country: Belgium
  • Sectors:
    • Clothing
    • Furniture
    • Electronics
    • accessories
  • Maturity level: Established

Explore the Archetypes linked to this case

Combined strategies

Circular Value Creation Strategies

  • Reuse

    The common use of a product  (or product parts) spread over sequential timeframes.

  • Repair

    The correction of a specified fault to prolong the product’s lifetime.

Value Proposition Strategies

  • Branding (eco/premium)
    Branding (eco/premium)

    Enabling a price premium by highlighting/guaranteeing quality and or environmental claims (e.g. certificates, environmental stewardship,...).

  • Cost reduction
    Cost reduction

    Providing the customer with a cost reduction compared with BAU (e.g. shared use, avoiding waste handling fees, reducing resource consumption,…).

Value network strategies

  • Take back management
    Take back management

    Logistics  / establishing network collaboration for taking back end-of-life products from the customer, enabling the execution of a circular value creation strategy

  • Localisation

    Organizing the physical flows of resources and products on a local scale (e.g. enabled by local 3D manufacturing, decentralized loop closure,....).