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In This issue:

What’s New: The month’s best new products and services

Bulletin: UK firms to ramp up investment in IT

Printers: The Lexmark MC3426adw on test

Environment: Epson’s new PaperLab

Networks: Building the case for 5G

Computers: Dynabook broadens its appeal with new notebooks

Business Management:  How to navigate the new normal

Collaboration: What to look for when choosing a video collaboration solution for a hybrid workforce

Data Capture: Ashley Keil of ibml explains how to maximise data capture accuracy

Scanners: Kodak Alaris launches a new line of low volume production scanner

Cyber Security: How to prevent email account take- over

Human Resources: The benefits of a modern Time & Attendance system

Software: Gibson Nascimento outlines the benefits of platformisation

I couldn’t do my job without… Anna Downes of Video Sherpa lists her five favourite work tools


The coronavirus pandemic and first lockdown famously caused a spike in demand for laptops, webcams, monitors and other IT equipment, as organisations rushed to equip workers with the tools they would need to work from home. But what about the PCs they left behind?

According to a report, commissioned by technology lifecycle management provider 3stepIT, 34% of office desktop PCs were ‘furloughed’ in the first lockdown, with 20% expected to remain unused for the next 12 months or more as organisations embrace flexible working and/or make redundancies.

Throw in IT equipment from businesses that have gone to the wall and there’s clearly a lot of redundant tech out there. Much of it will gather dust in store-rooms and hidden corners. Some will end up as e-waste. Last year alone, 53.6 million metric tonnes of waste electrical equipment was generated globally, according to the 2020 UN Global E-waste Monitor. This, points out 3stepIT, is the equivalent of throwing away 1,000 laptops every second.

There is a better way, and more IT providers – although still not enough – are encouraging organisations to dispose of IT responsibly through new services and easy to use apps:

3stepIT has launched the REstepIT service to help organisations recover monetary value from redundant IT. It buys unwanted desktop PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones, securely wipes them of data, refurbishes them and then sells them on, extending their useful life;

Pure technology group has set up a closed-loop IT refurbishment service (zeroC) in partnership with IT asset recovery specialist S2S that will enable organisations to dispose of used equipment responsibly and save money by buying refurbished devices instead of new ones; and

Stone Group has developed the Stone 360 app to help organisations manage the entire lifecycle of IT assets, from initial purchase to end of life. Customers can use the app to arrange collection of redundant IT equipment for secure recycling at Stone’s own ITAD facility, manage rebates on their old IT assets and collect points that can be used to purchase new or refurbished IT from Stone.

The IT industry is starting to do more to tackle e-waste. Hopefully, their customers will follow suit.

James Goulding, Editor



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