Warehouses worldwide are saturated with used mobile devices ready to be either recycled or refurbished. It is increasingly more difficult to process these mobile devices with mere manpower. That’s were automation comes into play.
The amount of mobile handsets returned to warehouses and distribution centers is exponentially growing every quarter, making reverse logistics of these mobile devices extremely difficult without encountering some mistakes along the way.
In fact, 87 percent of respondents surveyed for Aberdeen Group’s 2012 “Best Practices in Return, Refurbishment and Repair” report stated that the repair, return and refurbishment operations was “very important” or “extremely important” to the financial and operational success of the organization.
Manually clearing data from countless mobile devices can not only be time consuming but prone to error of incomplete data erasure. With the help of automated systems, less sensitive data will slip through the cracks!
Due to the surplus of electronics, especially mobile devices, swimming in the e-waste stream, HOBI International and other ITAD vendos implemented mobile asset disposition programs. Mobile asset disposition covers everything from the collection, data erasure, recycling and refurbishing of mobile devices.
Mobile Asset Disposition Benefits
Environmental Sustainability and Compliance
Electronics are, without a doubt, the most valuable and risky assets involved in a corporate sustainability program. As a result, organizations need to be cautious about selecting a MAD partner. Mobile asset disposition companies like HOBI provide sustainable and compliant solutions to safely and ethically dispose of electronic assets.
Organizations often experience a greater ROI with mobile assets compared to traditional IT assets. Taking part in a responsible and certified mobile asset disposition program results in financial benefits that can self-fund other IT programs and also brings the attention of being an environmentally cautious organization. Savvy companies may also take advantage of buyback programs.
In a nearly paperless society, businesses rely intensely on technology for data security. Because most smart phones are able to store the same and sometimes more data than a computer, complete data erasure is often overlooked by IT departments when clearing employee phones of corporate information. Companies supporting BYOD for their employees should be extra sensitive when collecting and recycling previously issued company cell phones.
HOBI has mastered the art of mobile asset disposition and continues to promote and implement the best practices for reverse logistics.
Electronics recycling and refurbishment need to be just as innovative as the companies who produce the mobile devices. It is predicted automated solutions will become more “integrated with service providers’ back-end inventory management and tracking systems,” according to an article on the reverse logistics issue.