“The prevailing wisdom has been that to get ahead, you should learn something from one company and move on—and up—at the next,” says Brian Kropp, a managing director at CEB, an executive advisory firm that offers data analysis of more than 50,000 employee surveys from 10,000 organizations. “But that only produces short-term effects. In […]
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Much like the GPS in your vehicle or smart phone, your internal GPS works based on knowing where you are currently, where you want to go, and then how you will get there. There are three components to attracting and sustaining strong long-term customer relationships:
How, you might ask? Through “repurposing” reusable assets.
OLD FIREHOSES: NEW LIVES
Take for example a fire department’s decommissioned fire hose. It’s a perfect example of an asset that is obsolete to its primary industry but has value, if “repurposed”, by a 2nd, unrelated industry. These old fire hoses could be re-used in low-pressure applications like […]
Doing business in a way that’s good for People, the Planet, and Profits—and as surplus management professionals, we’re in the middle.
My journey with Investment Recovery (IR) and the Investment Recovery Association began in 2007. At first, I thought IR was only about the revenue, but as I dug deeper to evaluate exactly what we […]
With iPhone sales climbing to 155 million units last fiscal year, grinding up Apple products is a growth business.
At a dedicated factory with 24-hour security in an undisclosed location in Hong Kong, iPhones are being carefully and meticulously destroyed.
The plant is one of a handful around the world, chosen by Apple Inc. to grind […]
Second Hand Market Sourcing
Avoiding Pitfalls, Uncovering Pearls
Op-Ed: Graham Leduke
No Second Guessing in the Secondary Market
Purchasing assets on the secondary market can represent a win/win scenario for both buyers and sellers of equipment, especially in these trying times of deferred projects, reduced capital spend, and staff layoffs.
Today, everyone is looking for ways to save money, cut costs […]
Hard to believe, but it’s 2016 already. The new year with new beginnings. A fresh start for making personal and business resolutions for a healthier lifestyle and bottom line. As American citizens, we tune into the president’s annual State of the Union address every January to look at the past—and hopefully get a jump on […]
Charity’s “Hybrid Vehicle”. How Goodwill’s Dual Model Succeeds
Donated goods are not an endpoint but a means for building stronger communities
It’s that time of year. Bells are ringing and red kettles are filling with loose change. But Goodwill International is much more than volunteer Santas and thrift stores. In a remarkable system of “redeployment,” Goodwill turns […]
If you Google the word “sustainability,” be prepared for a whopping 115 million hits. But a search for “remanufacturing” produces a scant half-percent of that number. And that’s puzzling when you consider the pervasive focus on the green economy today. But the numbers tell the tale. Remanufacturing, arguably the definition of sustainability, receives relatively little market or […]