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Last year, IT departments played an integral part in restructuring procedures to adapt to the remote workforce. Due to this, businesses offering services to help organizations work virtually have thrived. However, the shift to more cloud-based services has negatively impacted many industries. One market deeply affected is telecommunications, namely business phone systems. The increase in remote work and businesses down-sizing have contributed to a surplus of used phones in the resale market. In November, Gartner published its annual report about the UCaaS (Unified Communications as a service) industry. The report […]

Last year, international data security company, Blancco, published a report titled The Rising Tide of E-Waste: How Environmental Concerns and Shifting Work Patterns are Shaping Device Management Practices. The company surveyed over 600 decision-makers from enterprise organizations with over 5000 employees. They limited participants to the following countries US, UK, Germany, Japan, and France. Legal, Healthcare, Finance, Technology, and Government were the only sectors included in the survey. The report exposed important information about enterprise IT. Unnecessary Enterprise IT Spend According to Blancco’s report, over 70% of executives surveyed spent unnecessary […]

Per Scholas is a national organization that has been advancing economic mobility for 25 years. Through rigorous training, professional development, and robust employer connections, they prepare individuals traditionally underrepresented in technology for high-growth careers in the industry.COVID-19 has left tens of millions of Americans unemployed, with Black and Hispanic communities being disproportionately impacted. This inequity is further magnified by the digital divide—roughly 1 in 5 Americans have no access to broadband services or laptops. Since 2014, Liquid Technology has supported Per Scholas with over $1.3M through proceeds from recycled IT […]

In 2014, the Basel Action Network (BAN) started the e-Trash Transparency Project. As part of the initiative, they place GPS trackers in decommissioned IT hardware to track the recycling process. BAN recently discovered the Dell and Goodwill partnership, known as Dell Reconnect, exported e-waste overseas. Four monitors traveled from a Washington D.C. Goodwill store to Guatemala. Under the Basel Convention, it is illegal for Guatemala to receive hazardous waste such as e-waste from the United States. Illegal Exporting Repeat Offenders This incident is not the first time Goodwill’s illegal practices […]

Working with the wrong e-waste recycler can put your decommissioned IT equipment at risk. For years, Apple partnered with GEEP Canada to recycle and recover valuable material from used devices. Between 2015 and 2017, Apple sent the firm over 500,000 Apple devices. Unfortunately, the tech giant discovered the devices were still active after conducting an audit. The review revealed that 18 percent of the “recycled devices” were still connecting to the internet. Close to 11,766 pounds of Apple devices were not destroyed before leaving the premises, GEEP confirmed. Earlier this […]