Managing Your IT Assets Amid Supply Chain Disruptions
Issues within the global supply chain are currently affecting every aspect of our lives, up to and including your company’s IT assets. Electronic equipment, particularly of the cutting-edge or very niche variety, can be difficult to procure right now — making the care and maintenance of your existing assets all the more critical.
When a single link within the supply chain isn’t functioning properly, it compromises the entire system. So as the pandemic continues to disrupt multiple links in that chain, access to goods is limited. Not only are labor shortages impacting the availability of goods and services, but many sailors have been unable to come into port and unload cargo due to COVID-19 restrictions. Given that 90% of raw materials are transported across the ocean, the entire supply chain is suffering as a result.
With these obstacles looming, businesses in every sector must manage their IT assets effectively to reduce setbacks and disruptions within their daily operations. This includes taking great care of the electronic assets you currently have.
Extending the Life of Your Electronics
Right now, it can be challenging to obtain new electronic devices for your business. While supply chain disruptions continue, consider the following tips to extend the life of any IT assets already in your possession:
- Adhere to the Manufacturers’ Directions. Sometimes, we all take shortcuts around proper operating procedures for the sake of convenience. But in uncertain times, simple mistakes can cost your company big time. If the manufacturer provides specific directions such as charging times, unplugging devices, or ideal storage temperatures, take the extra moments to follow these guidelines and protect the life of your devices.
- Only Use Approved Accessories. Although using generic accessories like charging blocks and charging cables might save you money in the short term, it can lead to more significant expenses later. Since generic accessories are made to work with many different devices, they aren’t necessarily optimized for yours — making it possible for them to gradually damage your equipment over time.
- If Possible, Repair Devices Before Replacing Them. When a device starts to show signs of wear or obsolescence, our first thought is often to immediately purchase a replacement. However, electronic assets can sometimes be repaired for a much lower cost than replacing the device entirely. If you’re unsure, seek the assistance of industry professionals to assess whether or not you will be able to salvage the device. And if the repair price outweighs the cost and benefits of replacement, ensure that you recycle the unusable device responsibly with certified electronics recyclers.
Properly Disposing of Your E-Waste
Taking precautions can help your devices remain relevant and usable for longer, but eventually, there will come a day when electronic equipment simply must be replaced. So if your electronic devices truly appear to be at the end of their useful life, what should you do?
Working with a certified electronics recycling company is the best way to ensure compliance with environmental protection laws while safeguarding your organization’s privacy and reputation. Recyclers who offer IT asset disposition (ITAD) will not only handle your devices in an ethical, eco-friendly manner — they can also offer data destruction services to guarantee no sensitive data is left behind and vulnerable in your outdated electronics.
Recycle Electronics the Right Way with FAMCe
Seeking a reliable way to dispose of your end-of-life IT assets? First America Metal Corp. (FAMCe) has over 30 years of experience helping businesses safely and responsibly recycle their outdated devices. Our high level of expertise and exceptional customer service have built our reputation as an industry leader, and we are committed to exceeding each client’s needs and expectations.
When it’s time to get rid of your devices, choose a partner you can rely on. Contact FAMCe today for e-waste disposal that’s ethical and secure.