Category Archives: Efficiency

3 Myths About IT Asset Disposal and Electronics Recycling

Many companies in the electronics recycling and IT asset disposal industry utilize scare tactics and try to focus a buyer’s attention on false narratives to win new clients and increase profitability of contracts.  We believe in transparency and educating our clients.  Here are some facts in response to three common myths being disseminated by disposal…
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Why Older Generations Didn’t Have Recycling Problems?

The Green Thing THE GREEN THING- In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. The woman apologized to her and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day." The clerk responded, "That's our problem…
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Prison Recycling

Federal Government Runs Prison Recycling People are often surprised to learn that our federal government operates prison-based recycling plants. UNICOR, a company that is wholly-owned by the federal Department of Justice, operates several businesses within the federal prison system, including electronics recycling in seven federal prisons. Founded in 1934 as a work program to keep…
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Here Are the Internal Documents that Prove Uber Is a Money Loser

Uber, Silicon Valley’s prized amoral unicorn, is presumed to be a financial titan and a sure-thing IPO in the near future. Which may be true. But one thing that’s frequently missing from the conversation about its inevitable dominance over virtually every facet of our lives is the answer to a fundamental question: Does it make…
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Universal laptop charger standard is coming

A new universal laptop charger standard that promises to cut down on e-waste has been published in the hope that it firms will choose to adopt it. The International Electrotechnical Commission [IEC] Technical Specification 62700 would be compatible with a wide range of notebook computers and the IEC hopes that it will be adopted in…
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What is Asset Recovery, Resource Recovery, Redeployment & Disposition?

This article is about managing the value of assets. Asset recovery, also known as investment or resource recovery, is the process of maximizing the value of unused or end-of-life assets through effective reuse or divestment. While sometimes referred to in the context of a company that is being liquidated, Asset recovery is also used to…
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China’s Manufacturers Are Shifting Towards Zero-Labor Factories

A company in South China’s Guangdong province is building the city’s first zero-labor factory. It’s an effort to address worker shortages and rising labor costs, but the rise of semi-autonomous “smart factories” could be a sign of things to come, in China and elsewhere. As China Daily is reporting, local authorities in Guangdong are introducing…
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See how much money you company loses by using outdated equipment

The world of IT is a fast moving business and one of the most difficult issues facing Technology Support Companies and Managed Service Companies (MSP) is getting clients to upgrade or replace aging IT equipment such as servers, firewalls, desktops and laptops. Very often clients get sticker shock, not only from the equipment and licensing…
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6 Unexplored Ways Your Business Loses Money

Cash flow is an important aspect of any business. And, it's particularly critical for a small business growing on a shoestring and a prayer. In the hectic day-to-day operation of a business, it's common to overlook the many holes in your small business through which your cash is leaking. Most small business entrepreneurs are familiar…
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16 firms worth billions despite losing money

Thanks to a new round of funding, the music app is now part of a growing list of technology companies that investors believe are worth at least $1 billion even though they're unprofitable. While making money may not be the most important factor for young companies, the lofty price tag placed on businesses stuck in…
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Maintenance Cost vs Asset Replacement Value RAV

Is your annual production plant maintenance cost running at more than 3% of your Replacement Asset Value (RAV)? When you get your maintenance costs down to 2% RAV you join the list of the world best maintenance practitioners. Bring your maintenance costs down to 1% RAV and you will be the world best maintenance practitioner.…
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How to Increase Profitability by Managing Surplus Assets

Abstract. With the current pressure on companies to maximize revenue, many purchasing professionals are being tasked with uncovering new areas of “savings”. Within many organizations, Surplus Assets is a commodity category that does not receive the attention it deserves. In many cases, the revenue generated from competitively selling assets can significantly affect a company’s bottom…
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Calculating Return On Investment For Equipment Purchases

ROI is also known as the payback period and is often expressed in a period of time, such as weeks, months or years. The calculation is based on how long it will take to earn back — in the savings generated — the cost of the investment required to purchase a piece of equipment. Normally,…
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4 Business Lessons from Operations Managers

The operations person is often overlooked as a source of business wisdom. She directs seemingly mundane duties, supervising hourly workers, walking the production floor, and making sure that orders are shipped on time. However, a good operations manager who understands the nuances of the position, is a particularly valuable asset to a business. I have…
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Two stories on the importance to be different

I’d like to share with you 2 stories which vividly illustrate the importance to be different. It works for employees, independent contractors and entrepreneurs. I wish after this article you would be able to find a differentiator and become even more successful. I hope all of you have eaten burrito. Read how to do data…
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10 Tips How to Reduce Labor Costs in Your Business

Salaries and wages are one of the largest costs of every company, and are often the most difficult to control. But changing compensation is touchy for those who are affected, so it is important to handle the changes with compassion, truth, and firmness. One way to do this is to identify your key employees and…
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Seven Ways to Run Your Business More Efficiently

At a time when gas prices are climbing steadily and everyone is a little worried about the economy, running your investigation or process serving business efficiently is a must. Efficiency does not mean a rigid schedule or work process; however, it does mean being savvy in order to make the most of your time, effort…
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10 ways to be 10% more efficient by next week

Save time, cut costs, and become a lean, mean productivity machine. We all have those moments - usually when we're still in the office after 9pm - where we start to think there must be a better way of doing things. A quicker, simpler, more efficient way. A way that makes you feel like you've…
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Screw motivation, what you need is discipline.

If you want to get anything done, there are two basic ways to get yourself to do it. The first, more popular and devastatingly wrong option is to try to motivate yourself. The second, somewhat unpopular and entirely correct choice is to cultivate discipline. This is one of these situations where adopting a different perspective immediately results…
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10 Tips for Making Your Business More Efficient

To keep pace in an increasingly competitive world, your business needs to run as efficiently as possible. "Sooner or later, any company not operating efficiently will be out of business," says Laurie McCabe, vice president of small and medium business insights and solutions for research firm AMI-Partners. Efficiency is even more important for small and…
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6 Tips for Greater Workplace Efficiency

We all know the old saying that time is money. It’s true, especially in the world of manufacturing. The more time you waste, the more it costs to make your products and the less profit your business has to take home. Likewise, the better you get at working efficiently, the better your profits will be.…
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