Provided is a weekly snapshot of the recent battery, ITAD, data center, and mobile phone related news that HOBI’s blog reported during the week 7/22-7/26.
Federal agencies to host workshops on safe lithium-ion battery handling
Federal officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be hosting a series of free-to-attend workshops around the country to teach e-scrap companies and others how to safely handle lithium-ion batteries. Beginning later this month, the workshops will be held in Atlanta; Lenexas, Kansas (near Kansas City); Chicago; and Fremont, California (in the San Francisco Bay area) with a limited number of seating.
Choosing the right ITAD vendor
All organizations directly manage some level of IT hardware, and this means that the equipment will eventually need to be repaired, remarketed or responsibly discarded. Choosing who provides IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) services for your storage, server and networking hardware is one of the biggest decisions you can make for your IT infrastructure. ITAD is usually an afterthought for many IT processes, but that is beginning to change thanks to the increasing need for safe and environmentally friendly disposal of IT hardware. But ITAD includes more than just retiring your assets, so where do you start? Here are a few must-have areas of expertise to consider when choosing a vendor.
Tips to maximize data center operational efficiency
Data centers are one of the most expensive aspects of enterprise information technology. Sophisticated equipment, electricity needs, environmental controls and security measures lead to increasingly high operational costs to maximize a data center’s potential, it’s important to stick to the best practices and regular maintenance to make sure your devices are functioning at their highest capability.
Gartner says phone shipments face their worst decline ever
Consumers aren’t flocking to buy mobile phones like they use to. This year it’s estimated that global shipments of mobile phones will decline by 68 million units, or 3.8 percent compared to the preceding year, according to a report released by Gartner last week. The report attributes the lower demand to consumers’ reluctancy to upgrade as well as their desire for more innovative advancement in mobile technology. Collectively, global device shipments — including PCs, tablets and mobile phones — will decrease by an estimated 74 million by the end of 2019.