PC shipments continued a four-year decline last year. Gartner reports 72.6 million units shipped during Q4 2016, a 3.7 percent fall from 4 2015. Overall, 269.7 million total PC units shipped during 2016, a 6.2 percent decline from 2015.

PC shipments began to decline during 2012, and have not improved since. The introduction of tablets and advanced smartphone technology affected PCs position as primary computing devices. Now, consumers and companies alike are utilizing more easily portable technologies, such as smartphones and phablets, as their everyday devices.

As PC shipments continue to decline, ITAD providers can expect a rise in demand for mobility managed services.