Nike Refurbished is the brand’s own take on the circular supply chain business model. The program will launch in 15 US stores.
Not all sneakers will qualify for Nike Refurbished. Shoes that may be too worn or have serious factory flaws that cannot be repaired will be donated or recycled into Nike Grind, a composite material used in new Nike uppers and soles.
Announced today, Nike Refurbished will take gently worn or slightly imperfect sneakers and refurbish them before selling them, in-store, for a reduced price.
Nike explains that three types of shoes will qualify:
- like new – refers to sneakers “worn for a day or two before being returned”
- gently worn – “worn slightly longer”
- cosmetically flawed – sneakers that have slight manufacturing imperfections or factory flaws.
All qualifying sneakers will be inspected, cleaned, and “returned to as close to new condition as possible.” Each pair is then given a condition grade that defines its resell price.
The program will launch in 15 US stores. Nike will then evaluate its impact before scaling up the initiative.
To find out more about Nike Refurbished, head here.
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