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The 2017-2018 Investment Recovery Service Directory is here!

Welcome to the most comprehensive list of our Associate Members—providing best-in-class products and services specific to the Investment Recovery industry. View and download here.

October 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Using Your InternalGPS® to Attract & Sustain Long-Term Customer Relationships

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:

September 28th, 2017|GENERAL IR ISSUES, LEADERSHIP/PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT|

How to Turn Hard-to-Sell Assets into Repurposed Revenue

How, you might ask? Through “repurposing”.
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 It’s a perfect example of an asset that is obsolete to its primary industry but has value, if “repurposed”, by a 2nd, unrelated industry.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 irrigation or […]

September 28th, 2017|RECYCLING, Uncategorized|

Sustainable Best Practices: Doing business with the 3 Ps in mind

Doing business in a way that’s good for People, the Planet, and Profits—and as IR 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 were […]

Where iPhones Go to Die, and Be Reborn

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 […]

August 18th, 2016|RECYCLING, Uncategorized|

Secondary Market Sourcing… Avoiding Pitfalls, Uncovering Pearls

Secondary 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 and […]

State of Sustainability–2015 Looking back to look ahead

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 […]

February 1st, 2016|SUSTAINABILITY, Uncategorized|

Charity’s “Hybrid Vehicle”— How Goodwill’s dual model succeeds

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 […]

December 23rd, 2015|RECYCLING, SUSTAINABILITY|

Remanufacturing: The Future of Sustainability

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 […]

October 25th, 2015|Uncategorized|

The Future of E-Waste : The transition to IT asset disposition (ITAD)

By Sean Magann
With an expanding variety of uses, smartphones, laptops and tablets are among the most useful tools in business. These devices are providing convenience for companies and customers alike, such as mobile point-of-sale (POS) systems, while also providing sales and business executives more options to handle business tasks while away from their desks. 
Different versions of […]

September 12th, 2015|BEST PRACTICES FOR IR, RECYCLING, SUSTAINABILITY|