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  • January 6, 2020    |   Dubai Re-Teck Recognized During Prestigious MEWAR Awards
    Re-Teck Recognized During Prestigious MEWAR Awards


    Re-Teck, a member of the Li Tong Group and a global leader in Reverse Supply Chain Management Solutions, was recognized as the "Electrical & Electronic Recycling Company of the Year" runner up during the prestigious Middle East Waste & Recycling (MEWAR) Awards. The awards ceremony is hosted by the premier publication, Waste & Recycling, as they seek to celebrate the success of individuals and businesses who are adopting best practices in environmental management while creating a benchmark for performance, industry recognition and professional credibility. Click to View Photos

    "It was an incredible honor to be recognized among such an elite group of individuals and businesses who are also innovatively contributing to environmental sustainability," commented Linda Li, Chief Strategy Officer for Re-Teck.

    The awards ceremony was held at The Ritz-Carlton JBR in Dubai, UAE. Key dignitaries in attendance included H.E. Eng. Saif Al Shara, Assistant Undersecretary, (MOCCAE); H.E. Dr. Salem Khalfan Al Kaabi, General Manager, Tadweer; Eng. Rabaa Al Awar, Head of Waste Management, MOCCAE, Mrs. Sara Ali, Environmental Researcher, MOCCAE, and many other industry leaders.

    "Re-Teck has a long history of working with OEMs, governments and schools as we strive to improve the circular economy and create a lasting future for our environment. Receiving the MEWAR award allows us to celebrate the hard work and achievements made by our team," Emily Yen, Re-Teck General Manager, Dubai.

    For more information on Re-Teck USA, Re-Teck Dubai, Re-Teck Hong Kong.

    About Re-Teck & Li Tong Group
    Re-Teck is a member of Li Tong Group (LTG). LTG is the global market leader in Reverse Supply Chain Management (RSCM) solutions for OEMs, enterprises, government, and consumers for the reuse, remanufacture and recovery (3R) of both Post-Industrial Recovery (PIR) and Post-Consumer Recycling (PCR) and hi-tech products and components including mobile devices, smart devices, big-data network and telecom equipment.

    In the past 19 years, LTG has developed a global network of 25 wholly owned facilities across North America, APAC, EU, MEA and Latin America, which currently serves more than 100 customers and employs more than 2,000 people worldwide. It has an extensive patent portfolio for innovative methods and automated systems of digital processing and reclamation technologies.
  • October 7, 2019    |   San Francisco, California Re-Teck Joins High Tech Experts at GITEX 2019 in Dubai
    Re-Teck Joins High Tech Experts at GITEX 2019 in Dubai


    Re-Teck, a member of the Li Tong Group and a global leader in Reverse Supply Chain Management Solutions, has an international team participating in this year’s GITEX Technology Week in Dubai. Representatives at the event include: General Managers, Business Development Managers and Corporate Executives from UAE, India, China, South Africa, Japan, Hong Kong, the United States, and Europe. Click for Photos

    This year’s conference and exhibitions are bringing the best from both tech titans and start-ups. Over 100,000 attendees from over 140 countries are gaining insight and knowledge into major industry trends, 5G, healthcare and marketing for the future. Participating as speakers are 250 of the greatest high-tech minds in the world.

    “We are excited to host our colleagues from around the world at this year’s GITEX conference,” stated Re-Teck’s Dubai General Manager, Emily Yen. “The conference allows us to meet with our global customers and share new ideas and trends.”

    The GITEX conference included topics and demonstrations in the latest technology for artificial intelligence (AI), smart cities, 5G, cloud security and high tech farming. Conference participants are hearing from young entrepreneurs and seasoned technology veterans who are passionate about the part they play in the global economy.

    For more information on Re-Teck, visit www.re-teck.com.

    About Re-Teck & Li Tong Group
    Re-Teck is a member of Li Tong Group (LTG). LTG is the global market leader in Reverse Supply Chain Management (RSCM) solutions for OEMs, enterprises, government, and consumers for the reuse, remanufacture and recovery (3R) of both Post-Industrial Recovery (PIR) and Post-Consumer Recycling (PCR) and hi-tech products and components including mobile devices, smart devices, big-data network and telecom equipment.

    In the past 19 years, LTG has developed a global network of 25 wholly owned facilities across North America, APAC, EU, MEA and Latin America, which currently serves more than 100 customers and employs more than 2,000 people worldwide. It has an extensive patent portfolio for innovative methods and automated systems of digital processing and reclamation technologies.
  • Sept. 19, 2019    |   PRNewswire Re-Teck Set to Exhibit at GITEX Technology Week in Dubai
    Re-Teck Set to Exhibit at GITEX Technology Week in Dubai


    Re-Teck, a Member of Li Tong Group, will be exhibiting at the 39th annual GITEX Technology Week in Dubai on October 6-10, 2019. The event will host over 100,000 visitors from 140 countries and showcase over 4,800 exhibitors. Attendees will see mega trends come alive during the conference. Re-Teck representatives from Dubai, India, Europe, Asia and the US will be on-site to speak with clients and visitors. Click here for photos

    Re-Teck is a market leader and trusted global partner in Reverse Supply Chain Management and has 19 years of experience operating in over twenty countries. They provide innovative solutions that utilize the principles of reuse, repurpose and recycle to achieve maximum value for their customers within a secure & environmentally responsible framework.

    For more information about Re-Teck, visit www.re-teck.com #GITEX2019

    Source: prnewswire
  • July 25, 2019    |   Dallas, Texas Re-Teck Offers Former Arrow Electronics Asset Disposition Customers an Option for Services
    Re-Teck Offers Former Arrow Electronics Asset Disposition Customers an Option for Services


    Global Asset Disposition Company with Facilities in California and Texas Offers Invitation to Help Former Arrow Customers

    Re-Teck, a trusted partner in Reverse Supply Chain Management, Electronics Asset Disposition, and Data Sanitization, is offering services to help former customers of Arrow Electronics in the wake of Arrow’s announcement that it will be winding down its asset disposition business.

    Arrow announced recently that it has initiated actions to close its personal computer and mobility asset disposition business. The company initiated the process of making its employees aware of the decision last week. The company said it expects that operations will cease and the remaining wind down of the personal computer and mobility asset disposition business will be substantially complete by the end of 2019.

    Re-Teck, which operates several regional facilities in the United States and has a global network, will help customers in need of service transition with ease. The company is R2 certified with over 19 years of experience, 1200 employees, 25 global facilities, and services over 100 enterprise customers. Re-Teck will be honored to assist and service the former Arrow customers.

    Customers can contact Re-Teck at info@reteck.com, call 214-988-7300 or visit www.re-teck.com.

    Re-Teck will be participating in GITEX in Dubai, October 6-10 and WMC in Los Angeles, October 22-24 if anyone would like to schedule meetings with their leadership.
  • April 23, 2019    |   Dallas, Texas City of Cedar Hill and Cedar Hill School District Celebrate Earth Day with Program to Eliminate E-Waste
    City of Cedar Hill and Cedar Hill School District Celebrate Earth Day with Program to Eliminate E-Waste


    Re-Teck, a member of the Li Tong Group, announced that the City of Cedar Hill and Cedar Hill Independent School District (CHISD) launched Recycle for a Cause in celebration of Earth Day. They recently partnered with Re-Teck to implement the recycling program which strives to educate and prevent harmful e-waste from entering our landfills. According to the EPA, e-waste is the fastest growing municipal waste stream in America representing 70% of the overall toxic waste. E-waste consists of electronic products and the components within them. Recycle for a Cause places recycling bins within local schools, businesses or organizations to collect used electronics including cell phones, tablets, laptops, desktops and gaming systems and thereby preventing this harmful e-waste from being sent to the city dump. This recycling program takes potentially harmful waste, recycles and repurposes it for materials recovery. Click here for photos

    “The City is proud to collaborate with CHISD, Re-Teck and Recycle for a Cause to provide residents new and convenient avenues to recycle everyday electronics. Our community has consistently taken the lead in beautification and environmental sustainability through similar programs such as Environmental Collection Days, Adopt Cedar Hill and Bitter for Litter. I invite our community to again show their distinctive Cedar Hill character and help keep Cedar Hill beautiful through this new electronic recycling program,” shared Duy Vu, Cedar Hill Environmental Manager, Public Works.

    “Cedar Hill ISD and the City of Cedar Hill have a long history of partnering together for great causes. Our newest partnership with Re-Teck, aligns with both organization’s visions of providing innovative opportunities in a safe and clean environment. The Recycle for a Cause program gives CHISD staff, scholars and their families a convenient way to dispose of harmful electronic waste, while benefitting education and assisting veterans through Rebuilding Our Heroes. Educating our scholars about the importance of e-waste recycling prepares them for a global marketplace and helps keep Cedar Hill beautiful,” commented Neil Bolton, Executive Director of Technology for Cedar Hill ISD.

    “We are excited to work with the City of Cedar Hill and Cedar Hill ISD celebrating Earth Day by reducing e-waste through Recycle for a Cause while raising funds for the district’s students and Rebuilding Our Heroes, a veteran 501c organization,” stated Darren Ferrar, Manager of Business Development for Re-Teck. “Texas schools are taking the lead by educating their students and communities about safe ways to dispose of e-waste. Re-Teck is currently working with community leaders and schools in several cities to implement Recycle for a Cause.”

    Adam Davidson, President and Co-Founder of Rebuilding Our Heroes (ROH), commented, “On behalf of the ROH team, I’d like to thank the City of Cedar Hill and the Cedar Hill ISD for supporting our veterans and the Recycle for a Cause movement led by Re-Teck.”

    If your organization, community or school district is interested in learning more about electronic recycling, please contact Darren Ferrar at 214.601.7074 or via email at darren.ferrar@re-teck.com. For more information on Re-Teck, visit www.re-teck.com.

    About Re-Teck & Li Tong Group
    Re-Teck is a member of Li Tong Group (LTG). LTG is the global market leader in Reverse Supply Chain Management (RSCM) solutions for OEMs, enterprises, government, and consumers for the reuse, remanufacture and recovery (3R) of both Post-Industrial Recovery (PIR) and Post-Consumer Recycling (PCR) and hi-tech products and components including mobile devices, smart devices, big-data network and telecom equipment. As a global organization, Re-Teck has a worldwide network to recycle or remarket electronic components and thus provide the largest return on investment for their clients. The Grand Prairie locations offers clients 3 R2 facilities centrally located within the US. In addition to being a global leader in RSCM solutions, Re-Teck’s Grand Prairie location is a leader regionally partnering with local municipalities, local school districts and local veterans organizations.

    In the past 18 years, LTG has developed a global network of 20+ wholly owned facilities across North America, APAC, EU, MEA and Latin America, which currently serves more than 100 customers and employs more than 1,200 people worldwide. It has an extensive patent portfolio for innovative methods and automated systems of digital processing and reclamation technologies.

    About Rebuilding Our Heroes (ROH)
    Rebuilding Our Heroes is a collaboration of vision and forces to assist Veterans with the transition from soldier to civilian. We are committed to housing Veterans while integrating reclaimed, recycled, and biodegradable materials into eco-friendly homes built by veterans for veterans. We have chosen to empower our heroes by assisting them with health services, employment and resolution based affordable housing, facilitating their desire and drive to redirect their lives and the lives of their families.
  • April 15, 2019    |   Dallas, Texas City and School District Come Together to Tackle Growing E-waste Problem
    City and School District Come Together to Tackle Growing E-waste Problem


    Re-Teck, a member of the Li Tong Group, announced today that the City of White Settlement and the White Settlement Independent School District (WSISD) have partnered with Re-Teck to implement Recycle for a Cause. The program places recycling bins within local schools, businesses or organizations to collect used electronics and therefore prevents this harmful e-waste from being sent to the city dump. Currently, only 12.5% of e-waste is being recycled and now equates to 70% of the overall toxic waste in US landfills. Recycle for a Cause takes this potentially harmful waste, recycles and repurposes it for materials recovery. This program enables WSISD to use the funds raised from recycling for their technology programs.

    When asked what drew his attention to the Recycle for a Cause program, Director of White Settlement Community Services, Richard Tharp commented, “We are always looking for ways to implement low cost-high impact recycling programs in our community, and Recycle for a Cause definitely fits that model by providing a positive way for people to conveniently dispose of these type items. In addition, recycling electronic devices and batteries has been a challenging area for us to successfully address. We are excited to be a part of recycling program that helps to reduce unnecessary landfill waste and the reduction of illegal dumping of toxic and e-waste items into our storm water system which directly feeds into the Trinity River.”

    Mr. Tharp went on to explain why the city chose to partner with WSISD to address the e-waste recycling issue. “I would ask…what better way to impact the community than to partner with the WSISD to reach school-aged kids! The school district effectively reaches a much larger footprint in our community involving multiple cities; it seemed like an obvious solution for the program to succeed. Currently all of our pollution prevention programs involve reaching out to the classrooms, and the Recycle for a Cause program parallels those existing educational models. In addition, it provides a great fundraising opportunity to directly benefit the classrooms in the district,” noted Mr. Tharp. WSISD launched Recycle for a Cause during a student organized community-wide event, the Bear Bytes Technology Expo. There are currently three schools in the WSISD with recycle bins including Brewer High School, Brewer Middle School and Tannahill Intermediate School. View photos

    WSISD Communications Director, Desiree Coyle, explained why Recycle for a Cause is not only a program being embraced by the school district but also by the entire community. “This gives our families and businesses a great opportunity to dispose of electronic items like laptops and cell phones they no longer use. This program helps save our environment, and it generates additional revenue for our schools.”

    If your community or school district is interested in participating in Recycle for a Cause, please contact Darren Ferrar at 214.601.7074 or via email at darren.ferrar@re-teck.com. For more information on Re-Teck, visit www.re-teck.com.

    About Re-Teck & Li Tong Group
    Re-Teck is a member of Li Tong Group (LTG). LTG is the global market leader in Reverse Supply Chain Management (RSCM) solutions for OEMs, enterprises, government, and consumers for the reuse, remanufacture and recovery (3R) of both Post-Industrial Recovery (PIR) and Post-Consumer Recycling (PCR) and hi-tech products and components including mobile devices, smart devices, big-data network and telecom equipment. In the past 18 years, LTG has developed a global network of 20+ wholly owned facilities across North America, APAC, EU, MEA and Latin America, which currently serves more than 100 customers and employs more than 1,200 people worldwide. It has an extensive patent portfolio for innovative methods and automated systems of digital processing and reclamation technologies.
  • February 25, 2019    |   Rebuilding Our Heroes Re-Teck Selected by Rebuilding Our Heroes
    Re-Teck Selected by Rebuilding Our Heroes


    Re-Teck, a member of the Li Tong Group with regional facilities in Grand Prairie, Texas; Milpitas, California and US headquarters in Redwood City, California, is a global market leader in Reverse Supply Chain Management solutions for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), enterprises, government, schools and consumers. Re-Teck was selected by Rebuilding Our Heroes as the preferred vendor for materials to construct eco-friendly mini-homes built by veterans for veterans. The partnership is fitting for both organizations whose focus is on reclaiming, repurposing, and recycling in order to create a better life for others.

    Adam Davidson, President & Co-Founder of Rebuilding Our Heroes, stated, “Our organization is committed to hiring and housing veterans by creating space conscious affordable housing. The first community will be constructed in Texas. We are encouraging others to join the movement including school districts, military bases, corporations, and organizations by collecting and donating their used electronics to generate funds in order to expand the construction of our mini-home communities nationwide.”

    “We are committed to researching and developing with Re-Teck construction methods that educate people on the use of reclaimed, recycled and biodegradable materials,” stated Michael Emerson, Director of Construction for Rebuilding Our Heroes. “We will become the incubator for some of the most innovative construction processes in the future specific to that industry.”

    For more information on Re-Teck, visit www.re-teck.com. For more information about Rebuilding Our Heroes, visit www.rebuildingourheroes.org.

    About Re-Teck & Li Tong Group

    Re-Teck is a member of Li Tong Group (LTG). LTG is the global market leader in Reverse Supply Chain Management (RSCM) solutions for OEMs, enterprises, government, and consumers for the reuse, remanufacture and recovery (3R) of both Post-Industrial Recovery (PIR) and Post-Consumer Recycling (PCR) and hi-tech products and components including mobile devices, smart devices, big-data network and telecom equipment. In the past 19 years, LTG has developed a global network of 20+ wholly owned facilities across North America, APAC, EU, MEA and Latin America, which currently serves more than 100 customers and employs more than 1,200 people worldwide. It has an extensive patent portfolio for innovative methods and automated systems of digital processing and reclamation technologies.
  • February 12, 2019    |   PRESS RELEASE PR Newswire Re-Teck Chose Breda as Facility Location for the Western European Market
    Re-Teck Chose Breda as Facility Location for the Western European Market


    Re-Teck, a member of the Li Tong Group and one of the leading global reverse supply chain management solution providers, celebrated the opening of their first Dutch branch located in Breda. This expansion allows Re-Teck to cover the EMEA market with their Dubai, Vienna and the new Breda facility. Mr. Paul Depla, Mayor of Breda, was the Master of Ceremonies during their grand opening. Li Tong Group CEO Tony Wang was also in attendance. Click photo (https://www.re-teck.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/45077589694_3e60304532_o.jpg)

    With 18 years of experience and 25 facilities across 4 continents, Re-Teck’s parent company, LTG, is the global partner for the world’s Fortune top 50 OEMs, with hundreds of enterprise customers and processing more than 100 million devices per year collectively. LTG and RE-TECK is committed to help countries, governments and electronic OEMs build clean and efficient electronic supply chains, maximize asset lifecycles, protect IP innovation and data-security, and minimize environmental impact and carbon footprints.

    Re-Teck recognizes the value that the Netherlands location brings to their company infrastructure. The new facility strategically positioned on the Steenakkers industrial estate is fully equipped with processing technologies to handle a wide range of electronic products, such as mobility, IOT, telecoms, IT asset, industrial assets and consumer electronics. Services provided include reverse logistics, return management, grading, testing, parts harvesting and repurposing, refurbishing and closed-loop material recovery and reclamation.

    The Netherlands facility will enable Re-Teck to increase their electronic processing capabilities by an estimated 50,000 mobile devices per month. “We are committed to becoming a valuable member of the Netherlands electronic ecosystem to help reduce waste and facilitate the industry’s sustainability while it is experiencing high growth,’ stated Edward Tseng, General Manager of Re-Teck. “Re-Teck contributes to the sustainable strengthening of the Brabant economy and is a great asset to Breda“, says Eelko Brinkhoff, Director of BOM Foreign Investments. Together with the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) and REWIN West-Brabant, his agency assisted Re-Teck with establishing their company in Breda. Since e-waste handling has been a growing problem globally, the arrival of Re-Teck is good news for the environment and for the manufacturers and importers of ICT products in the Netherlands, as well as Europe.”

    For more information on Re-Teck, visit www.re-teck.eu

    Media Contacts:

    Edward Tseng, General Manager

    O : +31 (0)76 303 2900
    M : +31 (0)6 5518 1138
    E : edward.tseng@re-teck.eu

    Margaret McKoin
    Margaret@thetimegroup.net
  • January 22, 2019    |   PRESS RELEASE PR Newswire Re-Teck Participates with Industry Experts at CES 2019
    Re-Teck Participates with Industry Experts at CES 2019


    Alok Sarsidharan, Director of Business Development, represented Re-Teck at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. The annual technology show brings together more than 188,000 industry professionals representing some of the world’s largest technology companies and included more than 4500 exhibiting companies.

    Mr. Sarsidharan joined a panel of experts to discuss how IoT is being used in supply chains for retail and consumer goods. The panel included Dan Shey, VP and IoT Practice Director for ABI Research; Sam Colley, CEO of Pod Group USA; Jason Rutherford, EVP and Chief Revenue Officer for Kore Wireless; and Mariya Zorotovich, Director of Responsive Retail Strategy and Incubation for Intel. Participants in the session heard industry leaders analyze how ecosystems and relationships are transforming the use of natural resources and raw materials into products that once used can be recycled. The panel challenged the audience to consider the implications from design to manufacturing.

    “CES provides a great opportunity to collaborate with other industry leaders as we consider the future of technology,” commented Alok Sarsidharan, Director of Business Development for Li Tong Group. “Re-Teck’s proficiency in reverse supply chain management and recovery solutions allowed participants to learn about opportunities that lie within recycled products and components.” Click here for photos. (https://thetimegroup.pixieset.com/g/forumatces/)

    For more information on Re-Teck, visit www.re-teck.com.

    About Re-Teck & Li Tong Group

    Re-Teck is a subsidiary of Li Tong Group (LTG). LTG is the global market leader in Reverse Supply Chain Management (RSCM) solutions for OEMs, enterprises, government, and consumers for the reuse, remanufacture and recovery (3R) of both Post-Industrial Recovery (PIR) and Post-Consumer Recycling (PCR) and hi-tech products and components including mobile devices, smart devices, big-data network and telecom equipment. In the past 18 years, LTG has developed a global network of 20+ wholly owned facilities across North America, APAC, EU, MEA and Latin America, which currently serves more than 100 customers and employs more than 1,200 people worldwide. It has an extensive patent portfolio for innovative methods and automated systems of digital processing and reclamation technologies.

    Media Contact:

    Margaret McKoin, The Time Group margaret@thetimegroup.net

    817-403-0866

  • December 13, 2018    |   PRESS RELEASE PR Newswire Re-Teck Expands International Operations to Hai Phong City, Viet Nam
    Re-Teck Expands International Operations to Hai Phong City, Viet Nam


    Re-Teck, a member of the Li Tong Group and a leader in reverse supply chain management solutions, announced their newest facility in Viet Nam as the most recent addition to their global network. Located in Hai Phong City’s Trang Due Industrial Park of Dinh Vu, Re-Teck’s facility is strategically nestled in the heart of North Viet Nam’s high-tech electronic supply chain and is ready to become an integral part of a clean and sustainable industrial ecosystem.

    The 37,000-foot facility, which has capacity to expand, is fully equipped with processing technologies to handle a wide range of electronic products, such as mobility, IoT, telecoms, IT asset, industrial assets and consumer electronics. Services provided including reverse logistics, return management, grading, testing, parts harvesting and repurposing, refurbishing and closed-loop material recovery and reclamation.

    With 18 years of experience and 25 facilities across 4 continents, Re-Teck’s parent company, LTG, is the global partner for the world’s Fortune top 50 OEMs, with hundreds of enterprise customers and processing more than 100 million devices per year collectively. LTG and RE-TECK is committed to help countries, governments and electronic OEMs to build clean and efficient electronic supply chains, maximize asset lifecycles, protect IP innovation and data-security, and minimizing environmental impact and carbon footprint.

    “At Re-Teck, we are committed to the becoming a valuable member of Viet Nam’s electronic ecosystem,” stated Kevin Han, General Manager of Re-Teck. “To help reduce waste and facilitate the industry’s sustainability while it is experiencing such high growth.” For more information about Re-Teck, visit www.litong.com.

    About Re-Teck & Li Tong Group

    Re-Teck is a subsidiary of Li Tong Group (LTG). LTG is the global market leader in Reverse Supply Chain Management (RSCM) solutions for OEMs, enterprises, government, and consumers for the reuse, remanufacture and recovery (3R) of both Post-Industrial Recovery (PIR) and Post-Consumer Recycling (PCR) and hi-tech products and components including mobile devices, smart devices, big-data network and telecom equipment. In the past 18 years, LTG has developed a global network of 20+ wholly owned facilities across North America, APAC, EU, MEA and Latin America, which currently serves more than 100 customers and employs more than 1,200 people worldwide. It has an extensive patent portfolio for innovative methods and automated systems of digital processing and reclamation technologies.

    Media Contact:

    Kevin Han, General Manager

    kevin.han@re-teck.vn

    telephone +84-968964694

    Margaret McKoin, Media

    margaret@thetimegroup.net

    telephone 817-403-0866

  • November 21, 2018    |   The Technology Headlines Re-Teck Featured in The Technology Headlines Magazine
    Re-Teck Featured in The Technology Headlines Magazine


    Re-Teck, a subsidiary of Li Tong Group with regional facilities located in Grand Prairie, Texas, was recently featured in The Technology Headlines Magazine. The magazine reports on the latest trends and business ideas in retail, telecom, IT and healthcare. The magazine provides a platform where industry leaders and professionals share ideas and connect with customers.

    The article highlighted Re-Teck’s leadership role within the circular economy. Utilizing their expertise in reverse supply chain management (RSCM), Re-Teck is partnering with manufacturers and businesses to reconsider their current design and manufacturing processes to enable them to recover and regenerate materials at the end of their product’s service life.

    Linda Li, Chief Strategy Officer at Re-Teck, stated, “It is our responsibility as leaders in the global economy to look further down the road and evaluate how we can make greater use of our resources. One way to accomplish this is through reclaiming, refurbishing and repurposing technology components.”

    For individual businesses, the cost of RSCM often makes it an unfeasible option. Re-Teck has established a global network of certified third-party logistics (3PL) to assist businesses in managing consumer take-back, reverse logistics, transportation, data sanitization, parts harvesting and repurposing. For more information on Re-Teck, visit www.re-teck.com.

    About Re-Teck & Li Tong Group

    Re-Teck is a subsidiary of Li Tong Group (LTG). LTG is the global market leader in Reverse Supply Chain Management (RSCM) solutions for OEMs, enterprises, government, and consumers for the reuse, remanufacture and recovery (3R) of both Post-Industrial Recovery (PIR) and Post-Consumer Recycling (PCR) and hi-tech products and components including mobile devices, smart devices, big-data network and telecom equipment. In the past 18 years, LTG has developed a global network of 20+ wholly owned facilities across North America, APAC, EU, MEA and Latin America, which currently serves more than 100 customers and employs more than 1,200 people worldwide. It has an extensive patent portfolio for innovative methods and automated systems of digital processing and reclamation technologies.

  • October 16, 2018    |   PRESS RELEASE PR Newswire Re-Teck Launches New Website to Showcase Innovative Solutions
    Re-Teck Launches New Website to Showcase Innovative Solutions


    Re-Teck, a subsidiary of Li Tong Group, announces the launch of their newly designed website. Visitors are invited to explore and engage the modern and user-friendly website which offers an extensive overview of Re-Teck’s service solutions, including Post Consumer Trade-in/Take-back programs. Users will enjoy the fully responsive site that highlights the capabilities of their U.S. facilities and the support of their Global Network in over 20 countries on 4 continents.

    Re-Teck provides Reverse Supply Chain Management (RSCM) solutions for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and enterprise businesses in the Technology, Electronics and Telecom (TET) sectors. Their integrated services allow them to offer customized RSCM solutions to fit each of their client’s unique requirements and maximize the value of their investments in the global service infrastructure and as supply chain assets. Re-Teck is staffed by senior engineers from the telecommunications, industrial and consumer electronics industries. Re-Teck engineers assist brands in designing products that can later be disassembled and the components re-used in other devices. Their reverse supply chain professionals find new markets for the components and raw materials, and their legal and program management teams ensure the highest levels of compliance, data security and brand/process integrity.

    Linda Li, Chief Strategy Officer at Re-Teck, stated, “The new website is just one of many initiatives Re-Teck has underway to educate and communicate with its customers and the general public about the benefits of a circular economy.” She challenges companies to rethink their processes of recovering, repurposing and recycling products at the end of their original lifecycle. Many commercial and consumer electronics headed for a landfill can be repurposed. For example, a camera from a smartphone can be reused for drones or parts from tablets can be used as the screens that taxi cabs use for payment processing. Businesses interested in learning more about how they can turn obsolete electronics and equipment into new revenue streams can visit www.re-teck.com.

  • October 10, 2018    |   PRESS RELEASE PR Newswire Re-Teck Piques the Interest of Nonprofits with Their Recycling For A Cause Program
    Re-Teck Piques the Interest of Nonprofits with Their Recycling For A Cause Program


    Re-Teck, a subsidiary of Li Tong Group with regional facilities located in Grand Prairie, Texas, joined over 450 individuals representing multiple nonprofit ministries across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for dinner last week. Re-Teck shared how their Recycling For A Cause program can help provide much needed funding for charities and special ministries like the ones that provide clean drinking water and shelter to children in the United States and around the world.

    Re-Teck supplies recycling bins at businesses, restaurants and organizations where their members, employees and customers can donate used electronics that otherwise might end up in a landfill. Re-Teck then collects the donated electronics which include: smartphones, tablets, laptops, drones, gaming devices, headsets, etc. The used electronics are then repurposed or recycled. Revenues from this process are shared with the charities, while simultaneously eliminating harmful e-waste from our environment. It’s part of creating a circular economy.

    Linda Li, Chief Strategy Officer at Re-Teck stated, “The new Recycling For A Causeprogram is a great way to engage consumers in supporting their favorite charities while eliminating e-waste at the same time. Many of the businesses participating are even rewarding their customers with incentives like restaurant gift cards for donating the used electronics. Re-Teck ensures the highest levels of compliance and data security throughout the destruction and recycling process to anyone donating their electronics.”

    Businesses and nonprofit organizations interested in learning more about how they can turn obsolete electronics and equipment into new revenue streams can visit www.re-teck.com.

    About Re-Teck & Li Tong Group

    Re-Teck is a subsidiary of Li Tong Group (LTG). LTG is the global market leader in Reverse Supply Chain Management (RSCM) solutions for OEMs, enterprises, government, and consumers for the reuse, remanufacture and recovery (3R) of both Post-Industrial Recovery (PIR) and Post-Consumer Recycling (PCR) and hi-tech products and components including mobile devices, smart devices, big-data network and telecom equipment. In the past 18 years, LTG has developed a global network of 20+ wholly owned facilities across North America, APAC, EU, MEA and Latin America, which currently serves more than 100 customers and employs more than 1,200 people worldwide. It has an extensive patent portfolio for innovative methods and automated systems of digital processing and reclamation technologies.

  • October 1, 2018    |   REVERSE LOGISTICS magazine Recycling E-Waste: Elevating Recycling to the C-Suite
    Recycling E-Waste: Elevating Recycling to the C-Suite


    While today’s accelerated pace of innovation is resulting in an unprecedented proliferation of technological devices, there is also a concurrent shrinking inventory of the raw materials required to make them. This unprecedented bottleneck of raw materials is becoming a crisis on a global scale and represents an opportunity for manufacturers to innovate their logistics and supply chain processes.

    For electronics and high-tech Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), an approach known as Reverse Supply Chain Management (RSCM) uses cradle-to- cradle materials through closed-loop recycling. RSCM is changing how OEMs use and re-use old technology in a way that is both good for business and the planet.

    Taking care of the logistical, compliance and industrial issues of deploying technology take-back initiatives can be a considerable barrier for brands seeking to do better. Leaders in Reverse Supply Chain Management (RSCM) provide technology brands with much-needed solutions to complex issues and help them turn cost centers into profit centers by dismantling obsolete technologies and re-purposing valuable components into new devices.

    It is critical in today’s business environments that recycling and the advancements within Reverse Supply.

    Chain Management are a top-tier priority for executive management and C-suite officers.

    THE EVOLVING OWNERSHIP MODEL

    As the tech and telecommunications industries continue to evolve, we see a dramatic shift in the behaviors of its primary consumers: Mobile Internet consumers use more data than ever before. This increasing data usage fuels consumer demand for faster speeds that create more demand for newer, faster devices. This shift in consumer behavior shortens the lifespans of personal tech products and the telecoms network upgrade cycle.

    On average, the typical lifespan of a mobile device varies between three to five years. Consumers, however, choose to change or upgrade their products after using them for a year and a half, even if the devices are still highly functional. This leads to a significant increase in product trade-ins and aftermarket/third party refurbishing businesses.

    Previously, OEMs established return networks mainly as an obligation. Now, returns and a reverse supply chain approach are becoming an increasingly important vehicle to stimulate new sales.

    For example, consumers currently own or lease smartphones and other devices. In the future, they may not own the device at all and instead use the phone for a year and return it back to the carrier, swapping it for a new device.

    Instead of having to process the return or customer take-back as an end-of-life liability — something that the OEM is obligated to deal with — the return becomes an integrated part of the value chain as an asset. This returned asset and its components are now essential for stimulating new product sales and increased customer loyalty. It’s important for OEMs to have a very streamlined, efficient, high-service-level return take- back or after-market service platform.

    THE NEW MANUFACTURING DYNAMIC

    Just five years ago, a product that finished its lifespan automatically became waste. That was a liability for OEMs as they are partially responsible for recycling their own products due to corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives and other environmental regulations. Today, OEMs see opportunity: Instead of letting second- hand products flood the market and cannibalize their primary market, OEMs use a process called closed-loop reverse supply chain management (RSCM) to leverage the shortened product lifespan and build long-standing relationships with customers, improve sustainability and increase bottom lines.

    Main Stages of the Product Lifecycle in the Reverse Supply Chain

    I. Consumer Take-back: The first stage in the RSCM process is to develop effective methods for taking products back from consumers.

    II. Reverse Logistics: This stage optimizes and increases the efficiency of aftermarket processes for a device, such as pick-up, collection, transportation and warehousing.

    III. Data Sanitization: This includes the erasure, degaussing and physical destruction of data both onsite and offsite. It is critical to safely and securely remove data to protect the product’s primary user

    IV. Testing/Refurbishing: Throughout this stage, components are tested to determine their value for harvesting and repair, if necessary, for use in the remanufacturing process.

    V. Parts harvesting and Repurposing: The most important stage is parts harvesting and enabling component-level reuse and repurposing. This requires a high level of product knowledge and technical sophistication; once achieved, it can significantly prolong the lifecycle of the Bill of Materials (BOM) of the device and allow maximum reduction of the overall carbon footprint.

    VI. Remarketing and Resell: In this stage, OEMs bring refurbished and new devices built with harvested components back to the market, or the harvested components are repurposed for an alternative application (i.e., using the LCD module harvested from a tablet to make the touch panel control of a home entertainment system.)

    VII. Recycling and Reclamation: The final stage returns those components and devices to their raw material state, only if they cannot be repurposed or reused in the previous steps of the reverse lifecycle.

    A RETURN OF MANUFACTURING TO NORTH AMERICA

    For the past few decades, OEMs based in the U.S. have had many good reasons to ship the bulk of their manufacturing and supply chain jobs to other countries, mostly because it dramatically reduced costs. But other benefits include less stringent regulations and greater convenience. The massive supply chain network they have built around the world, especially in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, is a triumph of modern globalization.

    However, this trend began its reversal a few years ago when President Barack Obama proposed tax incentives meant to encourage companies to bring jobs back to the U.S. Furthermore, Obama proposed ending or severely reducing tax breaks for businesses continuing to move jobs out of the U.S. Other factors contributing to the movement of jobs from Asia to the U.S. was the increase in labor costs and the consistent pricing of raw materials, which previously were more affordable in Asian countries.

    Apple’s move to invest $100 million in U.S.-based manufacturing remains a high-profile example of this trend. But other businesses are following the tech icon’s lead. As manufacturing returns to the U.S., a part of its supply chain network also returns; however, it’s critical that a robust RSCM infrastructure be accessible so excess, obsolete and defective parts and products are handled in an environmentally friendly and cost- effective way.

    As of today, that infrastructure is not in place because the decades-long exodus of manufacturing rendered it unnecessary. There was hardly a domestic market for repurposing disposed parts and products in the U.S. Instead, it focused primarily on raw materials recycling and simple waste management.

    Outside of the APAC region, which already had strict EHS standards in place, there was a lack in RSCM expertise and services globally. This was problematic, and includes major important concerns for manufacturers outside of the APAC region returning to the U.S. First, regulations are complex and require expertise. Manufacturers must comply with detailed regulations in the areas of environmental health and safety, recycling and more.

    The second is that consumers in the U.S. take an active approach to holding corporations environmentally accountable. Consumers in the U.S. want to know what’s happening with their products post disposal, taking both the environment and data security and privacy concerns in mind.

    Many of the manufacturers returning all, or part, of their operations to the U.S. will need to work with a trusted partner to ensure the expectations of both regulators and consumers are met. Managed correctly, the RSCM function can generate a positive financial return and become a sustainable business function instead of just an obligation and liability.

    THE IMPACT OF IOT ON E-WASTE

    Because IoT devices are so highly integrated, they are very difficult, if not impossible, to take apart. If the device is broken or defective, the whole thing has to be taken back.

    When appropriately managing a reverse supply chain or reverse logistic service for IoT devices, it’s important to note most IoT device manufacturers are smaller OEMs and it’s costly for small manufacturers to design and deploy their own RSCM programs. It is not economical or efficient for small OEMs to build their own reverse logistics network. I’d strongly suggest that smaller OEMs partner with established RSCM providers and leverage their knowledge, experience, and existing omnichannel take-back platform.

    A good RSCM partnership allows the IoT device OEM to focus on what they do best — designing innovative products and getting them out the door — while also fulfilling compliance obligations and delivering a return service demanded by customers.

    Rather than return devices directly to their raw material state, a proactive approach to both Post Industrial Recycling (PIR) and Post-Consumer Recycling (PCR) efforts called closed-loop reverse supply chain management can dramatically increase the value of end-of-life components.

    Traditionally, electronics and high-tech manufacturers used conventional recycling methods as a means to dispose of end-of-life technology. These methods of recycling are called cradle-to-grave, or down-cycling, where the process degrades the quality of materials over time, eventually resulting in waste. This process, while effective for returning technology to its raw material state, is environmentally taxing and can be a burden on the bottom line.

    Closed-loop recycling reduces the demands for raw materials to produce a new product by using cradle-to- cradle or reusable materials harvested from end-of-life assets/surplus inventory and strategically introducing them into the forward supply chain.

    THE COMPLEXITY OF RAW MATERIALS

    If a company’s recycling efforts are to harvest the gold or other precious metals out of electronic devices, the raw material value is small and the carbon footprint impact is huge.

    Whereas if a company can harvest and repurpose a display module, a memory chip or a camera and give it a second life to be used in something else, the financial- value recovery is 10 times greater and the carbon footprint savings and reduced environmental impact is much more significant.

    Even the plastic in CE devices isn’t generic plastic, it contains such elements as glass fiber, and if these plastics end up in a generic plastic recycler, they’re unable to break down.

    OEMs realize having their own solution is a critical weapon for selling new products. This is particularly the case for companies that launch a new flagship product or device each year; not all consumers are motivated to upgrade annually, and so manufacturers can stage trade or takeback programs to minimize environmental impact and secure consumer loyalty.

    It also reduces the liability impact. OEMs realize that if device recycling is mishandled, the damage could be immense. If something ends in a landfill, or data is leaked because it’s sold on a gray market, it could potentially damage the brand.

    BENEFITS OF CLOSED-LOOP RSCM PROCESSES

    Environmental

    There are limited processes for OEMs, historically speaking, when it comes to dealing with post-consumer and –industrial electronic devices recycling; none of them environmentally sustaining, including selling to less developed markets to recover value and minimize e-waste and recycling to recover raw materials where possible.

    Closed-loop RSCM reduces the carbon footprint of manufacturing through the recovery, reuse and remanufacturing (3R) of end-of-life technology and its components. The 3R approach can reconcile consumer demand and the shrinking inventory of materials by linking reverse-supply chains with forward-supply networks. Transferable components can be re- programmed so they can have a second life in alternative applications. Remanufactured parts can either go back into the OEM’s original forward logistics supply chain, or sold or remarketed in another market.

    Commercial

    OEMs are releasing new products at a faster rate, and older models are subsequently reaching end of life at a quicker rate. On average, between five and seven percent of a typical OEM’s annual shipment volume becomes obsolete before it is sold or reaches the consumer. Through RSCM, OEMs can harvest parts and components from the obsolete and excess inventory and inject them into the manufacturing supply chain of new products—eliminating waste and reducing manufacturing costs.

    Strategic

    End-of-life technology does not have to be a burden on the bottom line of OEMs. In fact, by leveraging older products through trade-in programs and carefully planned reverse supply chain management, OEMs can build relationships with their customers and keep them coming back long after the initial transaction process.

    One unique trend quickly gaining momentum among OEMs using closed-looped Reverse Supply Chain Management is incentivized post-consumer trade-in and take-back programs. Historically, many leading OEMs didn’t want to talk about these programs in terms of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Many OEMs didn’t want to invest in programs because they were satisfied with meeting the basic minimum requirements. But that’s rapidly changing.

    Many programs offer credit for old devices that can be applied to new ones – a key factor for consumers. If an OEM offers an incentive program, owners of mobile phones close to becoming obsolete can trade their phone in for credit toward the new model. In fact, the volume is 10 to 20 times higher than that experienced by programs not offering incentives.

    These programs benefit the OEM. First, it helps focus the consumer’s attention on devices offered by that manufacturer rather than competitors. If a consumer can apply the value of the phone being used today toward a new phone tomorrow, the consumer is far less likely to shop for what other vendors offer. Second, an incentivized take-back program serves to prevent second-hand devices from being sold into the emerging markets that are strategically important for the OEM. Skillfully executed take-back programs help keep devices out of the unofficial channels that cannibalize new products and markets.

    FINDING THE RIGHT RSCM PARTNER

    The leading technology brands on the planet succeed by providing their customers with a brand experience that extends beyond hardware, UX and support to what happens once the product needs to be replaced and recycled.

    Well planned RSCM programs provide confidence to the brands and the consumer that the product will be taken care of responsibly and those valuable components will not be destroyed or sent to landfill, but re-used in a progressive and intelligent way.

    Strong RSCM programs enable all companies to deepen their customer relationships, strengthen their organizational and culture initiatives, maintain the highest levels of compliance and even turn a profit. It’s a win- win for the brand, the customer and the environment.

    Enabling standardized service

    in the U.S. and markets around the globe is critical for OEMs. They need to ensure the products moving through the reverse supply chain are handled and treated according to the same standards, while also complying with local laws and regulations. One of the best ways to achieve both goals is to engage with an RSCM service provider that has global coverage and facilities that maintain the same service standard for quality, security and compliance to the extent that both platform development and management capability are as strong as its technical processing capability worldwide.

  • May 7, 2018   |   Lisa Johnston/ Twice Beyond Shredding
    Beyond Shredding
    How a ‘circular economy’ is already transforming consumer electronics


    Reduce, reuse, recycle: One company is providing a way for consumer electronics companies to plot a healthier path for device manufacturing, from early design to end of life and every step in between.

    Re-Teck, a subsidiary of Li Tong Group, engages and facilitates the post-consumer recycling and recovery of CE devices. It not only works with tech retailers to manage their upgrade and takeback programs, but also provides solutions for various stages of electronics lifecycles.

    TWICE recently spoke with Linda Li, Re-Teck chief strategy officer, to learn about the company’s processes, including some misconceptions about reverse supply-chain management.

    For one thing, the traditional approach to recycling devices — of just shredding everything to obtain a few commodities — is the very last thing that Re-Teck does, Li said. Instead, the companies’ engineers focus on trying to give components a second life.

    “If you’re just merely getting some gold or other type of precious metals out of electronic devices, it could only be a couple dollars’ worth, and the amount of carbon footprint that is gone forever once you shred is enormous,” said Li. “Whereas if you’re able to harvest and repurpose a display module, a memory chip or a camera and give it a second life so that it can be used in something else, the financial-value recovery is 10 times [greater], and the amount of carbon footprint savings and [reduced] environmental impact is much bigger.”

    The process is different for each OEM, she said. Some employ Re-Teck for what’s known as closed-loop recovery, in which components harvested from a consumer’s returned device are remanufactured, restored to original functionality, and then redeployed to the OEM’s original supply chain.

    Other companies choose closed-loop rebirth, in which key raw materials, such as cobalt from batteries, are harvested for use in future devices. Li noted that this process also enables more efficient device recycling.

    “The plastic [in CE devices] isn’t generic plastic,” she explained. It contains such elements as magnesium, and if these plastics end up in a generic plastic recycler, they’re unable to break down.

    Just as recently as five years ago, recovery or recycling remained an afterthought for most OEMs, she said. “They were rushing to get products out there and worrying about environmental response later.”

    And when that response did come, said Li, it was a traditional electronics-recycling method of collecting a lot of devices, allowing them to stay put, and then attempting to auction them to a scrap dealer. This method is problematic in that the value of the materials and components diminish during the holding period, and the materials end up becoming a liability to OEMs.

    Re-Teck’s services, whether through recycling or retail takeback programs, are instead promoted as the veins and arteries of consumer electronics: “Both have to flow continuously for a body to function healthfully instead of letting things accumulate.”

    Now, said Li, there’s very little convincing that needs to be done. “OEMs realize that having their own veins — their own solution — is a critical weapon for selling new products.” This is particularly the case for companies that launch a new flagship each year; not all consumers are motivated to upgrade annually, and so manufacturers are able to stage trade or takeback programs to not only minimize environmental impact but secure consumer loyalty as well.

    It also reduces that liability impact. “OEMs also realize that if [device recycling] is handled wrongly, the damage could be huge. If something ends in a landfill, or data is leaked because it’s sold on a gray market, it could potentially damage the brand.”

    More OEMs have enabled a commitment to this “circular economy,” said Li. While western retailers are already accustomed to shouldering some of the social and environmental burden of CE recycling, it’s just beginning to catch up in Asia, she said.

    Re-Teck now works closely with CE design engineers, consulting with the OEM during Re-Teck’s de-manufacturing process. As part of this, Re-Teck engineers painstakingly take apart CE devices and provide feedback on potential future recycling hindrances. For example, a device using very strong industrial adhesives in which everything is glued shut makes it impossible to take it apart, so it decreases the reusability of the key components, said Li.

    OLED is another example of a potential roadblock because of its fragility. “If something goes wrong, the whole module is going to waste,” she noted.

    To help with this, Re-Teck’s engineers designed their own proprietary tools and fixtures for taking OLED devices apart. This allows them to rework the display and give it a second life, eliminating the need to toss the entire panel in the recycling bin if it suffers a crack.

    It’s these small but monumentally impactful actions that Li said make her happy to get up for work in the morning. “Even if we change one very small thing, it has the potential to change for a million devices. It makes a real difference in the world. And it sounds very cliché, but it’s a fact.”

    Li, an engineer who said she’s always had a passion for technology, began her career working in supply-chain strategy. After moving to Hong Kong to manage the portfolio of a private-equity firm, she realized she “was on the wrong side.”

    “I was only worried about making money for the people who have a lot of money. I wasn’t making a difference,” she recounted.

    She met Re-Teck founder Tony Wang in 2010 and was intrigued and inspired by what he was doing in the field of device recycling. She joined the company, which was essentially operating as a 10-year-old start-up, to help Wang bring it to the next level.

    “Every entrepreneur goes through a bottleneck,” said Li, “and I saw this was a place I could become useful.”

    Re-Teck had just a few factories in China when Li joined eight years ago, and now it operates more than 20 facilities in North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Its U.S. operations are headquartered in Redwood City, Calif.

    “Everything is wholly owned, which is very [intensive] because you have to do everything from scratch to ensure the quality and standards for environmental health, privacy and safety,” said Li.

    This is not to say that the growth has been (or remains) easy. Li spoke a bit ruefully as she described some of her responsibilities, including getting both operations and compliance employees on the same page during device development. Needless to say, it’s not always a simple task as both teams face their own heated priorities.

    As part of its growth path, Re-Teck has planned investments in the U.S. The company anticipates the “heart” of the supply chain (remember that veins/arteries metaphor) moving to these shores.

    This shift will have an exciting effect on retail, said Li, as it provides additional opportunities and solutions within the reserve supply-chain ecosystem.

    “We understand the U.S. is still more post-consumer retail driven when it comes to end-of-life products,” she said. “A big focus of our business in the U.S. is going to be the retail and e-commerce network.”
  • April 19, 2018   |   Insightaas Re-Teck Design-for-Recycle advisory facilitates wisdom in electronics design and manufacturing
    Re-Teck Design-for-Recycle advisory facilitates wisdom in electronics design and manufacturing
    Technology engineering is just now catching up with circular economic thinking so new devices from global brands are greener, leaner and more economic, compliant and efficient. Smartphones, tablets, displays and PCs are being conceptualized, designed, prototyped, built — even rebuilt — with recycling front of mind so valuable components and raw materials that would otherwise go to landfill are re-entering the supply chain in volume.

    Supporting this development is global reverse supply chain management firm, Re-Teck. The Redwood City, California firm services many of the major consumer electronics and technology brands providing a range of strategic services, including:
    • Design consultancy at the concept/manufacturing phase;
    • Take-back support at retail;
    • Disassembly and harvesting of components/materials in the post-consumer phase;
    • Privacy protection and data security on the devices;
    • Closed loop or remarketing of components/materials;
    • Compliance documentation and support.
    “The race for the latest and greatest technologies has left casualties along the way,” stated Edward Kayden, Senior. Director, Business Development, Re-Teck. “We’re enabling OEMs, telcos and retailers to operate in a more environmentally-friendly manner with a more economically viable, code-compliant model while extracting value from resources they’d otherwise pay fees for to send to landfill.”

    Re-Teck is an engineering organization at its core. With over 1,200 employees at 20+ facilities and administration centers, Re-Teck is staffed by senior engineers from the telecommunications, industrial and consumer electronics domains. Re-Teck engineers enable brands to design products that can later be disassembled and the components re-used in other devices; its reverse supply chain professionals will find new markets for the components and raw materials, and its legal and program management teams ensure the highest levels of compliance, data security and brand/process integrity.

    Engineering Plastics

    Carbon, magnesium and other additives make engineering plastics more robust, lighter and more useful in the manufacture of consumer electronics. These plastics are difficult to break down and so must be harvested by Re-Teck, then re-compounded and re-used by original suppliers (only a few of which exist in the world). Otherwise the additives make their way into the supply chain of plastics recyclers, which is not advisable.

    Lithium

    Lithium is a reactive and flammable alkali metal used in the production of lithium-ion batteries. These batteries are widely used in consumer electronics devices and can be harvested and either re-purposed in closed loop applications for use in similar devices, re-marketed for re-use in other applications, or recycled and the raw material used in brand new applications/devices.

    Cobalt

    Cobalt is also widely used in lithium-ion batteries primarily in mobile phones, but increasingly in electric cars. As a consequence, the demand for and the price of cobalt has increased significantly in the past five years. Couple this with the significant humanitarian and political issues attached to mining cobalt and recycling cobalt is an ever-more-compelling proposition.

    “Optimizing the supply chain, managing the brand, sustaining innovation are critical strategic issues that business leaders must address,” Kayden continued. “Our global organization of engineering, supply chain and compliance professionals is uniquely equipped to support the world’s leading technology brands with the most comprehensive and highly-evolved solutions.”
  • March 22, 2018   |   Colin Staub/ E-Scrap News Platform uses one provider for all ITAM services
    Platform uses one provider for all ITAM services
    A global asset management company is rolling out a new consolidated end-of-life service platform for a major telecommunications company in Europe. Li Tong Group (LTG) intends to expand the service offering to U.S. clients in the future.

    LTG announced this month it is contracting with Veon, a telecommunications provider servicing a number of European and Asian markets. Under the agreement, LTG is providing recycling and refurbishment service, but it has also designed a customized platform to facilitate the transfer of end-of-life devices internationally between Veon’s locations.

    Linda Li, chief strategy officer of LTG, speaking at the E-Scrap Conference in 2017

    In an interview with E-Scrap News, Linda Li, chief strategy officer at LTG and its U.S. subsidiary Re-Teck, said the new model will increase efficiency.

    “We’re not just providing a basic type of recycling service. We’re actually managing the whole communication platform, the exchange, the transactions,” Li said. “And then we actually carry out the physical work of managing those hardware assets to turn them into a condition that can be reused again by another (operating company) within the same group, in order to maximize financial recovery [and] minimize costs.”

    Upgrading traditional model

    The genesis of the model came out of inefficiencies LTG noted within the traditional asset management model for companies with locations in different regions. Veon, operating in Italy, Russia and elsewhere, provides a good example.

    Hypothetically, a location under the company’s Italian arm could decommission networking equipment and dispose of it through a local recycling or refurbishment company. At the same time, an operating company under Veon’s Russian branch may be looking for networking equipment parts.

    “They’re in need of some of the spare parts that could have been harvested from what Italy just disposed of, but they had no access to it, and instead the Russian subsidiary had to go out and buy anew,” Li said. “It becomes very inefficient. … You do not get the economy of scale, or any of the benefit of being a group-level operator, because they’re all doing their own thing.”

    Veon’s subsidiaries are in diverse locations. One might be in an area moving from 4G to LTE internet service and is decommissioning 4G equipment, whereas another just moved onto 4G and will be using 4G-optimized equipment for several years. They, therefore, need the same equipment at different points in time.

    With LTG providing asset management for both, facilitating the transfer of those parts between Veon’s locations becomes easier. LTG created a platform it calls the Veon RSC (reverse supply chain) Marketplace. It’s a proprietary system, Li explained, and will allow a new level of communication between Veon subsidiaries.

    “It’s like closed-loop reuse and repurposing within the same [company ownership],” Li said. “They have their own ecosystem. It’s just so much more efficient and meaningful, and such an upgrade from the old model.”

    Veon is a provider of mobile devices, internet, broadband, cable TV and other network services. Its operating companies, or subsidiary brands, serve customers in Bangladesh, Italy, Pakistan, Russia, Ukraine and more. LTG is managing equipment at LTG’s facilities in Austria, Hong Kong and Dubai. In terms of launching the new management platform, the processor is taking material from six of Veon’s operating companies from the get-go, and plans to scale up from there. The more Veon subsidiary locations that sign on, the better the system will work.

    “The benefits of this platform approach can only be derived if all of the [operating companies] are on board,” she said. For example, an operating company using a local refurbisher might be happy with that arrangement, but it would undermine the efficiencies the company wants to realize with the same asset manager across the board.

    Applicability elsewhere

    The service could be offered to a wider array of companies in the future.

    “We believe that it’s really going to hopefully change the way that people start thinking about things, especially the decision-makers who are managing the hardware life cycles within these big giant multi-region, multi-nation group-level operators,” Li said. “This is really a game changer for them.”

    The concept may have been more attractive in Europe initially due to the legislative framework in place across the continent, she added. As part of consolidating asset management activities, LTG handles all of the regulatory issues associated with shipping devices from one country to another.

    But the concept is still being pitched in the U.S., Li said, noting that LTG is talking with “a number of top U.S. operators.” The team that developed the system LTG is supplying for Veon is based at Re-Teck, Li said.

    “So we are definitely very well positioned in bringing this level of service to the U.S. market,” she said.
  • March 21, 2018   |   Scrap Magazine Companies Partner to Recycle Telecom Infrastructure
    Companies Partner to Recycle Telecom Infrastructure
    Reverse supply-chain management company Li Tong Group (Hong Kong) is working with telecommunications and Internet provider VEON (Amsterdam) to manage its decommissioned infrastructure assets.

    The goal is to reuse or repurpose as much of the material as possible to maximize VEON’s return on investment, while also creating a model for telecom companies to improve product life cycles, LTG says. The project includes a supply-chain-management online portal LTG created to help VEON manage its telecom assets across operational groups that serve more than 240 million customers, LTG says. Visit www.litong.com or veon.com.
  • March 14, 2018   |   DeAnne Toto/ Recycling Today Global Re-Teck Brazil receives R2 certification
    Re-Teck Brazil receives R2 certification
    The California-based subsidiary of Hong Kong-headquartered Li-Tong Group (LTG), Re-Teck, a global provider of reverse supply chain management (RSCM) solutions, has announced that Re-Teck Brazil, Sao Paulo, has been awarded the latest version of the Responsible Recycling Practices (R2) certification, R2:2013.

    The R2 standard is designed to help ensure the quality, transparency and environmental and social responsibility of electronics recycling facilities around the world. More than 750 R2-certified facilities are operating in 30 countries, according to SERI, the housing body and American National Standards Institute- (ANSI-) accredited standards development organization for the R2 Standard.

    “Re-Teck adheres to the leading global standards and regulations as a commitment to being secure and sustainable,” says Linda Li, the company’s chief strategy officer. “The R2 certification reaffirms our shift toward a circular economy by allowing us to align with industry standards and focus heavily on the sustainable management and reuse of resources within our facilities.”

    By emphasizing resource management over resource recycling, the R2 Standard helps companies extend the life cycle and reduce the environmental impact of electronic devices, Re-Teck says, adding that reusing components is fundamental to a circular economy and provides not only environmental but also social benefits.

    Each year, Re-Teck is verified by auditors and certified by various international standards, including OHSAS 18001, ISO 14001, the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) and the e-Stewards standards. More information about the company’s certifications is available at http://re-teck.com/certifications.php.

    LTG is a global market leader in reverse supply chain management (RSCM) solutions for OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), enterprises, government and consumers for the reuse, remanufacture and recovery of tech products and components, including mobile devices, smart devices, big-data network and telecom equipment.
  • January 18, 2018    |   Business Wire ERI Co-Founder Kevin Dillon and Li Tong Group Share the Stage for Panel on Data Security and Reverse Management Solutions at IERC 2018
    ERI Co-Founder Kevin Dillon and Li Tong Group Share the Stage for Panel on Data Security and Reverse Management Solutions at IERC 2018
    SALZBURG, Austria--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kevin Dillon, Co-Founder, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Sales Officer of ERI, the nation’s leading recycler of electronic waste and the world's largest cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company, described the current state of electronics recycling and data destruction and how ERI has managed to continue its steady growth at the International Electronics Recycling Congress (IERC) 2018 in Salzburg, Austria today.

    ERI's Kevin Dillon and Li Tong Group Share Stage for Panel on Recycling Industry at IERC 2018

    Dillon was invited by IERC organizers to deliver his talk, “A View From the USA,” in which he weighed in on the emergence of issues such as ITAD and OEM compliance and how they affect the US and global markets. Dillon’s talk was part of a panel titled “Impact of Data Security and Reverse Management Solutions,” for which he shared the stage with Linda Li of Hong Kong’s Li Tong Group. Li shared a talk titled "The Benefits of a Strong Reverse Supply Chain Management Solution.”

    The discussion was chaired by Stephane Burban of Glencore International AG, Switzerland.

    During the discussion, Dillon explained how issues such as manufacturer compliance and data destruction have become top of mind concerns for recycling customers and are now essential elements of the responsible electronic recycling process.

    “We’re grateful to have been asked by our friends at ICM to participate in this important conference and to take part in this vital discussion alongside Li Tong Group,” said Dillon. "It’s key that we as an industry focus on the various ways we can move forward as the manufacturing side continues to evolve. And each step of the way, we must never lose sight of the importance of environmental responsibility and the proper destruction of digital data.”

    Li Tong Group has been the subject of recent industry news, with Olympus Capital Asia pursuing a sale of its stake in the business, as noted in a recent LiveMint article: http://www.livemint.com/Companies/oPjuVmRyU8LGOJOqEfthyK/Apple-iPhone-recycler-is-said-to-attract-Bain-Silver-Lake.html

    The IERC 2018 is largely considered to be the recycling industry's most important global event, bringing together over 480 international experts (producers, recyclers, equipment manufacturers, recycling associations, refurbishers, standards bodies, NGOs, regulators and many more) from 42 countries. Each year at IERC, the industries leading experts are invited to discuss the latest recycling technologies, regulations, manufacturing processes and value of raw materials.
  • December 1, 2017   |   Bobby Elliott/ E-Scrap News Magazine The Evolution of ITAD
    The Evolution of ITAD


    In January of 2017, Cascade Asset Management released a report that underscored a seismic shift taking place in the e-scrap industry.

    The Madison, Wisc.-based firm noted that on the one hand volatility in the commodities market had been continuing to put a damper on traditional recycling operations across the country. High-profile closures, increased scrutiny on e-scrap export activities and CRT abandonments weren’t helping the industry’s image either.

    But on the other hand, the Cascade report pointed out that interest in services related to ITAD (IT asset disposition) was picking up steam. For example, the value of laptops, desktops and mobile phones refurbished and sold by the company in 2016 increased by 21 percent.

    For a company like Cascade, which was founded in 1999 and began focusing exclusively on ITAD in 2008, offering a breadth of reuse-related services acted as a buffer against movements in metals values and other global factors.

    “By focusing on the ITAD needs of businesses and institutions, we could enjoy a more diverse and sustainable revenue structure and build lasting, quality relationships with organizations by supporting their ongoing refresh and disposition projects,” Neil Peters-Michaud, Cascade’s CEO, told E-Scrap News.

    Cascade is not alone in eyeing those opportunities. Over the past several years, a number of large e-scrap players have expressed their intentions to focus less on traditional scrap recovery and more on refurbishment, remarketing and data security. And newer businesses have emerged to try to leverage skills in those areas.

    “It’s a permanent shift,” said Bill Baron, the owner of Peachtree Corners, Georgia-based ITAD Tech, which was founded in 2014. “Over time, commodities will go up and go down and it’s foolish to believe otherwise. Trying to build a sustainable business model based solely on commodities is buying into a boom or bust mentality. It’s simply shortsighted.”

    ‘We never were scrap-oriented’

    In exploring the development of ITAD and its growth potential, it can be helpful to have a clear view of what ITAD actually means.

    Many ITAD firms have generated profits by harvesting parts, such as computer memory, and leveraging those components as they repair and resell devices.

    The concept is defined in different ways by different people, but at its core, ITAD is a catchall term for a wide range of asset management services, including data destruction, repair and reuse, and parts harvesting.

    And the ITAD industry itself is not new. E-scrap companies of all sizes have been building services beyond commodities recovery into their strategies for decades. Of late, however, more firms are making it a point to downplay traditional scrapping.

    “We are not a recycling company,” said Linda Li, the chief strategy officer at Re-Teck, an ITAD firm with four locations in the U.S. Re-Teck was founded in 2015 as a subsidiary of the Li Tong Group, which owns 21 e-scrap facilities around the world.

    A similar sentiment was expressed by Lane Epperson, the president and CEO of Oklahoma City-based HiTech Assets, which was founded in 2002. “We never were scrap-oriented,” he said. “We came at it from a different direction.”

    Billy Johnson, the chief lobbyist of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, told E-Scrap News he sees the group’s e-scrap members increasingly marketing reuse and repair as their go-to business offering.

    “The world has changed for us … and our e-scrap members are reacting to that as quickly as they possibly can,” Johnson said.

    For many companies, ITAD is presented as just one segment of a larger suite of offerings.

    ERI, one of the largest e-scrap processors in the U.S., expects to handle more than 300 million pounds of electronics this year at its eight U.S. facilities (seven of those sites engage in processing, and one is a consolidation location). Kevin Dillon, the company’s chief marketing and sales officer, said the company has always incorporated repair and reuse, but he added there’s value in giving clients options on the disposition front.

    “We do what the customer wants,” Dillon said. “If the customer wants us to shred it, we shred it. If the customer wants us to refurbish it and reuse it, we do that.”

    Nevertheless, ITAD has become a focus for the firm. According to Dillon, “an aggressive marketing push” over the last five years has looked to frame ERI as a one-stop shop for electronics management, and a parts harvesting project with iFixit kicked off in 2015.

    He added that about half of the tonnages handled by the company this year will go toward repair, reuse and parts harvesting. And he said 70 percent of ERI’s revenue now derives from non-recycling activities.

    In fact, the company officially changed its name in 2016 from Electronic Recyclers International to ERI because “the R stands for both recycling and reuse,” Dillon noted.

    Changing model as markets move

    A handful of key factors have driven the industry at large to embrace repair and reuse. First and foremost is the ever-shifting commodities market.

    The Cascade report noted e-scrap commodity prices took a nosedive between 2011 and 2015. Gold prices dropped 36 percent in that span, copper prices dropped 69 percent and iron prices went down 71 percent. Some values have rebounded of late, but uncertainty lingers.

    That’s caused firms that previously focused on scrap commodities to explore alternative revenue sources, noted Mark Chados of e-scrap software company Makor Solutions.

    “The price drop in commodities is forcing a lot of recycling companies to rethink where they can get more value for the products they’re getting,” Chados said. According to Chados, Makor has some clients that were previously geared entirely toward scrap but now generate 90 percent of their business through ITAD services.

    As businesses have aimed to reduce reliance on commodities, they’ve also shifted strategies in terms of material procurement.

    Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS), the e-scrap wing of publicly traded Sims Metal Management, is one big name that’s recently pivoted away from traditional recycling. Citing issues with stipulations laid out in extended producer responsibility programs for electronics as well as struggles with low-value municipal material, SRS phased out its presence in Canada and closed processing sites in three U.S. states in 2014.

    The consolidation effort has helped the firm target higher-value devices and equip each of its remaining eight U.S. facilities with broader ITAD capabilities, according to the company.

    “You can’t trade volume for profitability, and I think a lot of companies will make that mistake, especially in the scrap business,” said Sean Magann, SRS’s vice president of sales and marketing. “Being from the scrap industry, I think maybe we fell victim to that. … And we didn’t want to make that trade-off anymore. We said, ‘Let’s be more judicious about what we buy.’”

    Another factor underpinning the broader move toward ITAD is the shear number of repair-ready devices available.

    With consumers showing an insatiable appetite for the latest technological innovations, the e-scrap industry is seeing more and more high-value devices streaming into their facilities, said Johnson of ISRI.

    Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are also increasingly looking to create a circular economy for their products, entering into revenue-sharing arrangements with ITAD firms that are able to repair and resell devices.


    The industry’s embrace of repair and refurbishment has included both long-standing e-scrap companies and newer firms that have a specific ITAD focus.

    Li at Re-Teck says her firm has partnered with many of the biggest names in the electronics industry, including Amazon, Google and Apple, to provide services such as repair and parts harvesting. Re-Teck, for instance, manages all devices sent through Amazon’s Recycling Portal, a tool that allows consumers to send in select used electronics free of charge.

    The company’s three locations in Texas and new site in California’s Silicon Valley can together handle up to 5 million devices per year.

    “There’s huge demand out there,” Li said.

    Profit potential

    Stakeholders say when ITAD strategies are implemented effectively, a boost to the bottom line naturally follows.

    “Companies are … making a quarter or a dollar by recycling a product, or they can make 100 bucks on that same product if it can be reused,” said ISRI’s Johnson.

    Sarah Cade and Mike Cheslock recently launched an ITAD consultancy called E-Reuse Services. In their view, “not every electronics recycler is a good candidate for adding reuse and/or repair,” but if the fit is right, the profit potential can be “substantial.”

    A big chunk of that revenue can come via data security. The long list of major corporate data breaches in recent years has grabbed the attention of decision-makers at companies of all sizes. ITAD firms that already target equipment from the enterprise arena have been quick to develop solutions when it comes to wiping drives and ensuring secure asset management.

    “Data destruction is a natural component of reuse operations, but by itself, it can prove to be its own profit center for organizations whose customers are concerned about data protection,” Cade and Cheslock wrote in an e-mail.

    ERI lists data destruction services prominently on its website, and it now offers customers a tool called MyTrackTech that lets them keep tabs on individual assets as the products move through the disposition process.

    Peters-Michaud at Cascade noted it can take years to build lasting and lucrative relationships with partners. Once the partnership is in place, however, ITAD firms can leverage that trust.

    “It’s been a slow and steady road working with businesses and institutions to make more thoughtful and effective decisions related to their ITAD strategy,” Peters-Michaud said. “Asset disposition is generally the last thing organizations think about when they also need to focus on the procurement and management of their IT infrastructure.”

    Of course, part of handling used devices in a secure manner is knowing where material is going after it leaves the processing plant.

    Dillon of ERI said “about 90 percent” of reusable devices and parts handled by the company are moved to entities in the U.S.

    Johnson of ISRI, meanwhile, said the marketplace for refurbished devices and working parts is fully globalized. “If I can take the screen off of my iPhone, someone in Japan might want it or someone in India might want it,” Johnson said.

    Li at Re-Teck said her company sends parts to repair shops and OEMs in North America, but she noted the market for refurbished, working devices is most robust overseas.

    “Secondhand products are a bit tricky,” Li added. “The demand for secondhand devices is not as strong in North America as it is in other parts of the world. … So in some cases, whole products could be exported.”

    Chados at Makor noted that domestic demand for refurbished products is generally tied to a product’s type, age and make. Older devices that have been used for more than three years “are ending up in developing nations,” he said.

    The future of the industry, the future of ITAD

    Not everyone believes recycling companies will remain committed to ITAD going forward. Epperson of HiTech Assets noted that if the commodity market rises significantly, small and midsized firms will jump ship fairly quickly.

    “It’s a very, very competitive market and always has been,” Epperson said of the ITAD space. “As scrap prices improve, I think folks will go back to what their comfort zone is.”

    Other companies have resisted the move toward ITAD altogether, instead remaining committed to recycling as a core and necessary business. It will always be true that a sizable segment of the stream will be made up of devices that are so old or broken they hold no refurbishment value.

    OEMs are increasingly entering into revenue-sharing agreements with ITAD companies that are able to repair and resell devices.

    NovoTec is a prominent Columbus, Ohio-based processor that has made a name for itself in handling CRT glass, a material ITAD-focused operations – and even traditional recycling operations – try to avoid due to its limited downstream markets.

    Tom Bolon, NovoTec’s president, said the firm regularly discusses the potential of adding an ITAD team, but thus far has remained committed to being an expert in recycling CRTs. NovoTec also plans to become a destination for flat panel TVs and displays as that profit-challenged stream begins to ramp up.

    “We started, and still are, an end-of-life recycler,” Bolon said. “One of the pillars we built NovoTec on was ‘Do one thing and do it right.’”

    Bolon noted that many of NovoTec’s upstream clients and partners are involved in refurbishment and parts harvesting, but almost all of them need recycling partners to handle the devices that can’t be repaired. “We’re the outlet for that,” Bolon said.

    Multiple executives in interviews reiterated the importance of recycling. Though Re-Teck’s Li puts an emphasis on ITAD, she did acknowledge recycling will always be a necessity to some degree as well. “Whatever cannot be reused or repurposed goes into the recycling stream,” Li said.

    Epperson at HiTech noted his firm still sends about 35 percent of devices toward downstream recycling.

    Dillon at ERI went further, saying that recycling is more critical than repair and reuse “because that’s where all the brand protection is for the customer.”

    Still, as companies look to keep profits healthy – and prepare for whatever market surprise comes next – ITAD seems set to remain a key part of the business equation.

    “Unless an organization’s scope is set and unchanging, the growth of the ITAD services space should only be a positive thing,” wrote Cade and Cheslock. “The demand for electronics reuse suggests that we are a long way from a market saturated with providers.”

    And with the North American device stream flush with valuable devices, ISRI’s Johnson predicted more companies would be rethinking their overall strategies.

    “The volume is staggering, but the financial value of it is mind-blowing,” Johnson said.
  • September 29, 2017   |   Global Trade Global Reverse Supply Chain Company Supports a Circular Economy
    Global Reverse Supply Chain Company Supports a Circular Economy
    Provides Technology and Engineering to Enable Companies to Shift Modelsnow. Here are some of the most compelling pieces of information we took away from those talks.

    Companies around the world are adopting sustainability initiatives to reduce their carbon footprint, shifting from a linear economy to a circular economy where resources, including components and materials, have extended lifecycles and can be re-used, re-manufactured, refurbished and recycled.

    Many of these companies have turned to Re-Teck USA to support the transition to a circular economy and consider the entire lifecycle of a product in order to minimize waste.

    Rethinking the way products are designed, manufactured, and re-used is important for extracting the most from devices and keeping valuable resources from landfills. Re-Teck provides the Reverse Supply Chain Management (RCSM) technology leadership and engineering expertise that enables companies to shift to a circular economic model.

    Zim piloted blockchain technology to process shipments of export cargo and import cargo in international trade.

    “With technology, lifecycle has become a plural world,” notes Linda Li, Chief Strategy Officer of Re-Teck. “There’s the initial lifecycle of a product, then there is the repurposed lifecycle once it has been recycled. We’re not a recycle or shredding company. We’re engineers with OEM and EMS backgrounds that can de-manufacture devices and repurpose most of the parts and components, as well as enabling closed-loop recovery of raw materials. A circular economy allows you to be in control of your products lifecycles and in control of your resources, ultimately putting you in charge of your own carbon footprint.”

    Re-Teck’s engineering teams consider the new product design, the secondary and alternative application of parts and components, as well as the strategic value of materials such as rare earth elements, and extracts the usable elements for closed-loop reuse within the original forward supply chain, or repurpose these assets with its global partners of exchange. It’s end-to-end RSCM platform, currently deployed by Global 500 brands such as Microsoft, NEC, Amazon and Motorola, provides a simple solution to a complex issue by eliminating the logistical, compliance, and technological issues of technology take-back initiatives.

    Re-Teck is the North American subsidiary of Li Tong Group (LTG), a provider of Reverse Supply Chain Management (RSCM) solutions for OEMs, enterprises, governments, and consumers. LTG has developed a global network of 21 wholly owned facilities across North America, APAC, EU and MEA, which currently serves more than 100 customers and employs more than 1,200 people worldwide.
  • September 28, 2017   |   E-scrap News What we learned in the E-Scrap 2017 sessions
    What we learned in the E-Scrap 2017 sessions


    Last Tuesday and Wednesday, dozens of industry experts took to the stage in Orlando to discuss the trends and challenges shaping electronics recovery right now. Here are some of the most compelling pieces of information we took away from those talks.

    Flat-panel displays might not follow the CRT path. According to several experts involved in flat-panel display processing, collectors have already moved aggressively toward charging fees to accept LCD flat-panel displays, thus avoiding the financial straits seen several years ago when collection sites took in the heavy devices for free. Also, they noted there are 36 facilities currently processing cold-cathode fluorescent lamps in the U.S. “I don’t think we’ll ever see a problem with fluorescent lamp stockpiling, just because there is great infrastructure to process them currently,” said Doug Smith, Sony’s director of corporate environment, safety and health. “Really, it’s not that expensive.”

    We could use a clearer definition of ITAD. The conference’s opening plenary session featured leaders of processing companies that are bringing IT asset disposition into their offerings in different ways. The conversation got interesting when panelists were asked what percentage of their revenues come from ITAD applications. “We’re close to 50-50 ITAD vs. recycling,” said Sean Magann, vice president of sales and marketing at Sims Recycling Solutions. “But it depends on how you define the terms. When we shred something for customer, it’s a service. Is that ITAD or recycling? It’s a debate we even have internally.”

    Cascade Asset Management has quantified reuse and repair within the company’s own operations, finding that 30 to 35 percent of equipment that comes in is suitable for repair and reuse. CEO Neil Peters-Michaud said the company carefully monitors this statistic. “If we can just bump that up one or two percentage points, it has a tremendous impact on our bottom line financially,” Peters-Michaud said. “Turning something from recycling to reuse generates significantly more income, and we use that as an argument, as an opportunity for our customers to take a look at some items that they are choosing to destroy because of a perceived security risk, to see if we can work with them to resell it to generate more income for them and for us.”

    The idea of a single industry certification holds appeal. Panelists in a session on optimizing commodities recovery discussed the evolution of the e-Stewards, ISO and R2 certifications. They laid out possibilities such as better communicating the value of certification to companies’ clients, differentiating between industry sectors – like processors and refurbishers – in certification, and even merging to form a single certification standard. “I’m hoping that the large organizations can come together for the betterment of the entire e-waste recycling industry, and agree on a quality, global or at least national certification that we can all understand,” said Kevin Dillon, co-founder, chief marketing officer and chief sales officer for ERI.

    Opportunity is arising in the sharing economy. In the conference’s closing session, which focused on how e-scrap fits into larger circular economy efforts, Linda Li, executive director and chief strategy officer at Li Tong Group, said that around the world consumers are increasingly adopting an “asset-free” lifestyle in which they lease products instead of owning them outright. She gave the example of Chinese website jd.com, which enables users to rent electronic devices and is growing in popularity. The trend could be a boon for the refurb sector because such systems have clear take-back mechanisms already in place.

    Desktops and laptops aren’t disappearing. As the electronics stream becomes more oriented toward mobile, there’s been plenty of predictions that more traditional (and higher value) computer models will get completely phased out. But Chris Ko , co-founder of ER2, said that’s not exactly realistic. “Despite how rapidly tech changes, you never get beyond the human factor,” he said. “We all have hands and eyes. People said iPads would eliminate laptops, but it became clear we can’t write a long email on a tablet as well as on laptop. For us, it’s not necessarily about what is the latest and greatest but what is coming down the line that will be a consistent market.”
  • September 11, 2017   |   Amy Wunderlin / SDC Executive Navigating Reverse Logistics in an E-commerce World
    Navigating Reverse Logistics in an E-commerce World


    Most think of the supply chain as a forward-moving process with one end goal—getting product into the customer’s hands. But the growth of e-commerce and greater consumer awareness has created new challenges not only in moving a product forward but also backward. The days of a linear supply chain have long passed, making way for a circular economy, where your supply chain’s reverse logistics are just as important as its forward motion.

    According to the Reverse Logistics Association (RLA), the term “reverse logistics” refers to all activity associated with a product or service after the point of sale, with the ultimate goal to optimize (or make more efficient) aftermarket activity, thus saving money and environmental resources.

    “If you build and design products for cradle to grave operation, they’re build in a factory, shipped, sold and eventually, when they stop being useful, end up in a trash heap,” explains Tony Sciarrotta, executive director, RLA. “You can look at that process in many ways. While it's not environmentally sound, it's also a bad business decision. If you can recover assets from the product at the end of its life, by reusing, rebuilding or refurbishing it— anything that you can do to bring that product back to life—is not only avoiding landfills but also protecting assets and resources. We used to call it sustainability, but it’s become more than that.”

    In today’s supply chain, when a product reaches end of life, the question has become: What else can you do with it? What can you do with this product instead of disposing it?

    Sciarrotta says there a number of answers to that question.

    “There is no one silver bullet in this gun. There's a lot of them, again, depending on the product category,” he says.

    Walmart, he explains, is a great example of a circular supply chain. The retailer partners with certain third-party solutions providers, who say, "I'll go to your warehouse, I'll touch this stuff, I'll sell it right from your warehouse, and we'll sell it right to an end consumer."

    Some manufacturers, such as Nike or Peppermill, however, prefer to take product back, and then sell it themselves to secondary outlet stores like Big Lots or Bargain Outlets.

    Sciarrotta adds that currently there is a lot of creativity in the reverse logistics space “in the sense of using Craigslist, using eBay, using Amazon Warehouse for open box goods.”

    Linda Li, chief strategy officer at Re-Teck, which provides reverse supply chain management (RSCM) solutions for OEM and enterprise businesses in the technology, electronics and telecom (TET) sectors, notes that there is another side of reverse logistics, or reverse supply chain, beyond the more commonly understood retail space.

    The second categorization, post-industrial recovery, pertains to supply chain assets that could be spare parts, situated anywhere along the supply chain network, such as a retail center, a distribution center, or even in the factory, but not yet in the consumer’s hands.

    “The post-industrial side is actually quite substantial as you can imagine,” Li explains. Part of what Re-Teck does is make sure that these assets are being handled properly, whether they can be repurposed or recycled in an environmental and socially responsible way.”

    Financial Motivation

    Whether your reverse supply chain is in the post-retail or post-industrial market, what to do with a return ultimately comes down to the bottom line.

    “You have to make these decisions of what to do with the item, based on the financial aspect,” emphasizes Sciarrotta. For example, as a manufacturer, if it's a $50 pair of shoes being returned, is it worth it to pay for the shipping all the way back to you?

    “That's a financial decision, and the best companies are using good financial analyses to figure out what the disposition should be,” Sciarrotta adds.

    Once a financial decision is made, the disposition must be executed—whether the product is repacked and sold to a wholesaler, refurbished and sold online or sent to a liquidator and auctioned off to the highest bidder.

    “It's an amazing ecosystem of people who touch the returns, who ship the returns, who touch them again and refurbish them,” adds Sciarrotta. “I'm proud to say that (the RLA) estimates that 95 percent of the returned goods go back into the marketplace somehow.”

    Re-Teck provides leading technology brands, such as Microsoft, NEC, Amazon and Motorola, a simple solution to the complex issue by dismantling obsolete technologies and re-purposing valuable components into new devices.

    Re-Teck’s engineering teams consider the aftermarket value for devices; the primary market value for component parts such as screens, switches and chips, as well as the recycling value of metals; and extract the usable elements for re-sale to Re-Teck’s global partner network. Remaining non-usable parts are disposed of via highly regulated, compliant systems.

    “At Re-Teck we take the hard work out of doing the right thing,” says Li. “Our programs have been proven by the most demanding brands at the highest levels and have allowed our partners to deepen their customer relationships, strengthen their organizational/culture initiatives, maintain the highest levels of compliance and even return a profit. It’s a win-win for the brand, the customer and the environment.”

    Another player in the reverse logistics space is B-Stock, an online marketplace that offers liquidation auctions of excess inventory, customer returns and overstock inventory directly from major retailers and manufacturers. B-Stock plays a small role in the reverse supply chain for products that cannot re-enter the forward supply chain.

    “In many cases, when products move backwards through the supply chain, they end up in a place where they can't be re-entered into the forward supply chain and pushed back out to consumers again. Rather, they’re liquidated to the secondary market,” explains Howard Rosenberg, chief executive officer at B-Stock.

    “We help (retailers and manufacturers) maximize the value of their inventory by selling it for them in a more efficient way than traditional liquidation … by building and managing online private auction marketplaces for these companies,” he adds. “These are online environments or websites, where each of our major enterprise clients can sell pallet loads and truck loads of excess inventory to small business buyers.”

    Traditional liquidation, Rosenberg says, can be inefficient. “If you talk to most retailers and ask them how they do it, the answer is something like, ‘Oh, I've got a couple of guys I sell to.’ And it’s all handled rather informally or inefficiently. Thus, we bring an efficient process that maximizes the value of all these products. So again, it’s squeezing margin out of this piece of the pie for the retailers, so that they can invest that back in their business.”

    Implementation

    Reverse logistics is a necessary part of the supply chain, but where it fits within an organization is a big question mark for many companies.

    Sciarrotta explains he essentially created the reverse logistics department at Phillips after working in sales and marketing for 10 years.

    “While I was in that role, I went from sales to operations to supply chain to service, probably twice. And some companies put (reverse logistics) in finance,” he says, adding, ultimately, no matter where a company places the department, it is just important that it has one.

    “How many companies have a manager of reverse logistics, much less a director of reverse logistics? And it is rare to find a vice president. But many companies are starting to recognize that importance. So, it isn’t a question of where does reverse logistics belong in an organization, but that reverse logistics should be a group within every product organization out there.”

    According to Li, a lot of manual analysis is required to manage a reverse supply chain, so creating an in-house department tasked with handling returns is not always the most cost-efficient method.

    “(Re-Teck) exists because it is not economically efficient for (a company) to run a reverse logistics operation by themselves,” she says. “Having a reliable partner that can manage the reverse side for you is probably the best way to do it.”

    She also adds that in the United States, depending on which state you're operating in and what products you’re making, companies are required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to meet certain take back or collection quotas.

    Every state does it differently; some will charge a fee, and say, “Okay you pay X amount of dollars for X amount of product,” with the state fulfilling the recycling or collection quota for the company.

    In other states, companies have to fulfill the recycling quote themselves, requiring a partner to complete it and attribute the collection credits.

    “Usually for compliance purposes, electronic manufacturers need to have a reverse logistics plan as a part of the overall supply chain management process,” Li says.

    E-commerce Impacts

    The return rate at a brick and mortar store is about 8 to 9 percent, so in a $5 trillion retail economy, that is about $400 to $450 billion in returns. At the e-commerce level, return rates are three to four times that rate. The why’s and how’s of this phenomenon are many and brewing into what Sciarrotta fears is the perfect storm.

    “Zappos (an online shoe retailer) has the most liberal policy in the world. They tell you to buy 10 pair of shoes, keep the ones you like, and send the other nine back. That's one aspect of it,” explains Sciarrotta.

    Another aspect, he says, is when you buy something online, you don't know if it’s what you want until you have it in your hands. “There’s that buyer’s remorse issue. There’s the misrepresentation of the product. That happens in the store, but it also happens online. However, over promising and over marketing is only part one of the story.”

    Part two, Sciarrotta continues, is caused by the emergence of Internet of Things (IoT).

    “Companies want to know your deepest and darkest desires, and they're using the Internet of Things to do it—by putting wireless connectivity into shoes, into some of the food you buy, into every appliance in your home. It’s easy,” Sciarrotta says. “But the other side of that, is the IoT has no global standard per se. And by that, I mean products don't talk to each other very well. They don't play nice with each other.”

    For example, several years ago Nike released a pair of shoes with IoT built- in to track a user’s steps, keep track of their calories burned and the like. The shoe technology was paired to a specific smart watch that was often inaccurate in its user data. But because the shoes and watch didn’t sync well, the data was inaccurate, and the software was spotty and not user friendly. As a result, most of the shoes were returned.

    “The growth is in e-commerce. The trend line is straight up—15 to 20 percent a year. So, as the trend increases and the e-commerce world and the IoT is making it more difficult for things to work with each other, you're going to have a tipping point where we're going to have a significant number of returns,” he adds.

    And though that tipping point is a bone of contention for retailers, e-commerce has affected reverse supply chain service providers, such as B-Stock and Re-Teck, in a much more positive way. Those Nike shoes or that two-year-old iPhone being traded in must go somewhere, and often it is not traveling forward.

    “What drives our business is the volume of product that needs to be liquidated,” says Rosenberger. “One of the drivers of that is the volume of returns that are experienced—items coming back from consumers to retailers. That leads to more liquidation requirements, which means it becomes that much more important for retailers to squeeze every dollar by doing it as efficiently as possible.”

    Li adds: “Given how competitive e-commerce has made the consumer, having a very efficient reverse logistics or post-consumer take back platform or channel is becoming a strategic and important tool in selling new products.”
  • September 5, 2017   |   E-Scrap News Meet the Speakers: Linda Li, Re-Teck
    Meet the Speakers: Linda Li, Re-Teck
    E-Scrap 2017 kicks off in Orlando in less than two weeks, and we’re highlighting a few of the experts who will take the stage to share their insights.

    Linda Li

    This week, we talk with Linda Li, chief strategy officer at reverse supply chain management firm Re-Teck, to learn her thoughts on planning for and embracing industry changes, and what a circular model for the electronics market means for reuse versus recycling. She’ll be speaking in the conference’s closing circular economy-focused session on Wednesday, September 20.

    What are some major themes you plan to touch on in your presentation?
    The presentation will speak to the emergence of the circular economy and how macroeconomics, technology, business, environment and society all influence the circular economy. We will look at benefits and potential drawbacks of the circular economy, steps towards implementing circular economic theory, case studies of circular economies and how the circular economy is likely to change in years to come.

    What do circular economy principles mean for device reuse versus recycling?
    Circular economy principles reconcile reuse and recycling. There is no conflict or compromise. Instead, reuse and recycling are applied strategically on multiple occasions at different points in the process and in different applications, depending on the circumstances. Circular economic theory requires the will to reuse and recycle and also intelligent balancing of reuse and recycling as needs dictate.

    What lessons has Re-Teck learned that others in the industry should be aware of as well?
    Change is inevitable and necessary. At Re-Teck, we have disrupted our own business model, and as an industry we need to plan for massive change in how technology is conceived, designed, built, deployed, purchased, used and reused. Embracing change is the first step; planning for change is the necessary second step. And then, executing for change is obviously critical. A big part of that is acquiring new knowledge and ideas from other disciplines – which is what we’re doing with the circular economy – and applying them in our industry.

    What are some key points you hope attendees will take away from your presentation?
    Change is good is for business, technology, society and the environment. Change is possible. It does not need to be scary. Applying new ideas (the circular economy) and taking small steps can have a hugely positive commercial, societal and economic impact.

    Li will be joined by Wayne Rifer of the National Center for Electronics Recycling and David Refkin of GreenPath Sustainability Consultants in a plenary session titled “E-Scrap Opportunities in the Circular Economy,” which will be held Wednesday, Sept. 20. It will be moderated by Carole Mars of The Sustainability Consortium.

    E-Scrap 2017 is set for Sept. 18-20 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, Orlando, Florida. Last year’s conference welcomed more than 1,250 attendees from 48 states, seven Canadian provinces and 38 countries, and the trade show featured 130 exhibitors.
  • August 17, 2017   |   Digital Journal Re-Teck Chief Strategy Officer, Linda Li, to Deliver Presentation on the Circular Economy at E-Scrap Conference 2017
    Re-Teck Chief Strategy Officer, Linda Li, to Deliver Presentation on the Circular Economy at E-Scrap Conference 2017
    SAN FRANCISCO--(Business Wire)--In a presentation that will mark the evolution in the sophistication and importance of the e-scrap ecosystem as it pertains to the circular economy, Re-Teck Chief Strategy Officer, Linda Li will be speaking at the E-Scrap Conference 2017 on September 20, 2017 in Orlando. Re-Teck is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Li Tong Group (LTG).

    This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170817005261/en/

    Linda Li, Re-Teck Chief Strategy Officer (Photo: Business Wire)

    According to Li, the Circular Economy promises societal, environmental, economic and commercial gains. It is a logical, long-term strategy that few would argue with but that few have implemented successfully. Li will explore our global reticence to doing what’s right for our planet, smart for our businesses and fair for our societies and economies.

    “It’s time to not simply ask the difficult questions but also to answer them in a comprehensive and actionable way,” Li notes. “I look forward to presenting and I hope that it serves as a platform for dialog within the industry and provides a model for successful commercial implementation of circular economy thinking for the future of e-scrap and the broader technology industry.”

    Li holds a Master of Engineering degree in Supply Chain Management from MIT/ZLOG. In her presentation, she will examine the deployment and application of technology products through manufacture, distribution, use, disposal and recycling. Her presentation will also look at the ideas and disciplines of remanufacturing, redistribution and product life extension.

    Li argues that we have now finally reached an inflection point where the short-term gains are apparent to and attainable by each constituent group including technology brands, consumers, businesses and members of the global recycling and supply chain communities.

    The opportunity is now. The urgency is now. Linda Li’s presentation will provide insights and instruction as to how industry should act, how it can gain and how in doing so it will provide lasting value to the world.

    For more information on Re-Teck reverse supply chain management services, please visit: www.re-teck.com
  • August 14, 2017   |   Chrissie Cluney / IoT Evolution Re-Teck Offers Sustainability with Cradle-to-Cradle Business Model
    Re-Teck Offers Sustainability with Cradle-to-Cradle Business Model
    Reducing your company’s e-waste is good strategy, not just because of the halo effect, but because it also enables sustainable efficiencies that help you to offer your clients the best you can offer.

    Re-Teck provides the Reverse Supply Chain Management (RCSM) technology leadership and engineering expertise. This enables the technology community to capitalize on Cradle-to-Cradle manufacturing and support economic development and environmental sustainability. The company understands that environmental sustainability initiatives are becoming a critical necessity for progressive companies around the world. To reduce e-waste, companies must design products with a Cradle-to-Cradle approach, taking into consideration the entire product lifecycle.

    Re-Teck knows that rethinking the way products are designed, manufactured, sold, and repurposed is important for extracting the most from technology and keeping valuable resources from landfills.

    “At Re-Teck, we understand the importance of technology developed for closed-loop systems,” said Linda Li, chief strategy officer, Re-Teck. “As companies begin to rethink design and begin integrating repurposed or re-usable components, not only is it good for the environment, but it can drive economic growth by demonstrating their commitment to long-term sustainability efforts. With Cradle-to-Cradle manufacturing in mind, companies can develop products that can be fully recycled into materials they can use for products in the future.”

    The company has experienced engineering teams who consider the aftermarket value for devices, the primary market value for component parts and extracts the usable elements for repurposing to Re-Teck’s global partner exchange. They offer an end-to-end RSCM platform. It is currently deployed by Global 500 brands such as Microsoft, NEC, Amazon and Motorola. The Cradle-to-Cradle business model for Re-Teck provides a simple solution to a complex issue by eliminating the logistical, compliance, and technological issues of technology take-back initiatives.

    Re-Teck is the North American subsidiary of Li Tong Group (LTG). The group provides Reverse Supply Chain Management (RSCM) solutions for OEMs, enterprises, government, and consumers for the reuse, remanufacture and recovery (3R) of both Post-Industrial Recovery (PIR) and Post-Consumer Recycling (PCR) and hi-tech products and components including mobile devices, smart devices, big-data network and telecom equipment.
  • August 9, 2017   |   Chrissie Cluney / IoT Evolution Re-Teck Redefines Sustainability with Unique Cradle-to-Cradle Business Model
    Re-Teck Redefines Sustainability with Unique Cradle-to-Cradle Business Model
    Is your company searching for assistance in reducing its e-waste, allowing the sustainability to offer your clients the best it has to offer?

    Re-Teck provides the Reverse Supply Chain Management (RCSM) technology leadership and engineering expertise. This enables the technology community to capitalize on Cradle-to-Cradle manufacturing and support economic development and environmental sustainability. The company understands that environmental sustainability initiatives are becoming a critical necessity for progressive companies around the world. To reduce e-waste, companies must design products with a Cradle-to-Cradle approach, taking into consideration the entire product lifecycle.

    Re-Teck knows that rethinking the way products are designed, manufactured, sold, and repurposed is important for extracting the most from technology and keeping valuable resources from landfills.

    “At Re-Teck, we understand the importance of technology developed for closed-loop systems,” said Linda Li, chief strategy officer, Re-Teck. “As companies begin to rethink design and begin integrating repurposed or re-usable components, not only is it good for the environment, but it can drive economic growth by demonstrating their commitment to long-term sustainability efforts. With Cradle-to-Cradle manufacturing in mind, companies can develop products that can be fully recycled into materials they can use for products in the future.”

    The company has experienced engineering teams who consider the aftermarket value for devices, the primary market value for component parts and extracts the usable elements for repurposing to Re-Teck’s global partner exchange. They offer an end-to-end RSCM platform. It is currently deployed by Global 500 brands such as Microsoft, NEC, Amazon and Motorola. The Cradle-to-Cradle business model for Re-Teck provides a simple solution to a complex issue by eliminating the logistical, compliance, and technological issues of technology take-back initiatives.

    Re-Teck is the North American subsidiary of Li Tong Group (LTG). The group is the global market leader in Reverse Supply Chain Management (RSCM) solutions for OEMs, enterprises, government, and consumers for the reuse, remanufacture and recovery (3R) of both Post-Industrial Recovery (PIR) and Post-Consumer Recycling (PCR) and hi-tech products and components including mobile devices, smart devices, big-data network and telecom equipment.

    Re-Teck is eager to assist your company or organization to reduce the e-waste that may have accumulated.
  • July 14, 2017   |   Sustainable Brands Re-Teck Harnesses C2C Business Model to Revolutionize Tech, Slash E-Waste
    Re-Teck Harnesses C2C Business Model to Revolutionize Tech, Slash E-Waste



    As circular business models begin to gain steam, a new strategic service is helping companies in the technology, electronics and telecom sectors uncover new ways to reuse, remanufacture and recover technological devices, while simultaneously turning costs into profits.

    Dallas and San Francisco-based Re-Teck provides companies with Reverse Supply Chain Management (RSCM) technology and engineering expertise to rethink the way products are designed, manufactured, sold and repurposed in an effort to curb e-waste and keep valuable resources out of landfills.

    Its end-to-end RSCM platform is currently used by Global 500 brands such as Microsoft, Amazon and Motorola, and provides a simple solution to a complex issue by eliminating the logistical, compliance and technological issues commonly associated with technology take-back initiatives.

    “Recycling is a dirty word at Re-Teck,” said Linda Li, Chief Strategy Officer at Re-Teck. “This is because it used to simply mean shredding the devices; reusing a limited volume of the raw materials and sending more materials to landfill.”

    “At Re-Teck, we understand the potential of technology to be profitably disassembled with components being repurposed and reused while addressing regulations and better protecting the planet. The commoditization of recycling has stopped at many of the most progressive technology brands and they’re now counting on Re-Teck as a strategic partner to help them navigate the new world order.”

    Re-Teck’s engineering expertise is what truly sets the company apart: engineering teams consider the aftermarket value for devices, the primary market value for component parts such as screens, switches and chips, in addition to the recycling value of metals, and extract the usable elements for repurposing and resale to Re-Teck’s global partner exchange.

    “Our partners — the leading technology brands on the planet — win by providing their customers with a brand experience that extends beyond hardware, UX and support, but also extends to what happens once the product needs to be replaced and recycled,” added Li.

    “Our programs provide confidence to the brands and the consumer that the product will be taken care of in the most responsible way possible and that valuable components will not simply be destroyed or sent to landfill but reused in a progressive and intelligent way.”

    Re-Teck’s Hong Kong-based parent company Li Tong Group (LTG) has been working for the last 15 years to position the issue of hardware lifecycle management as an opportunity for technology companies to drive innovation and generate new revenue streams. The expansion of Re-Teck, which will include the opening of a new headquarters in Redwood City, Calif., an expansion of its existing RSCM facility and the opening of a new RSCM facility in Milipitas, Calif., is the next logical step for LTG as it sets its sights on revolutionizing how we approach the mounting problem of e-waste.
  • June 29, 2017   |   The Wire The Last Mobile Phone Sold
    The Last Mobile Phone Sold
    SAN FRANCISCO – The average lifecycle of a mobile phone is 18 months before it is replaced by a better device with better capabilities. Even though these devices are still functional for much longer, the tech industry is constantly evolving, causing these devices to become outdated at a faster rate and eventually become obsolete.

    As mobile phones continue to be the on-ramp for consumer and commercial services, the idea of owning a simple mobile phone is becoming as extinct as the rotary dial. The business model of coupling the device, the plan, the content programming and services is leading to a radical re-think of how mobile devices are designed, manufactured, sold and re-used.

    This re-think is occurring in the context of the circular economy. New IoT, AI, Machine Learning, AR and VR technologies connect devices, buildings, vehicles, data and populations and present massive opportunities for new transformative services and economies. At the same time, the world has come to the realization that resources are limited and expensive and that technologies can be responsibly and profitably manufactured on a local basis.

    Re-Teck provides the Reverse Supply Chain Management (RCSM) technology leadership and engineering expertise that enables the technology community to capitalize on these movements, facilitate new service businesses and support agile entrepreneurship, economic development and environmental health. Re-Teck’s engineering teams consider the aftermarket value for devices, the primary market value for component parts — screens, switches, and chips as well as the recycling value of metals —and extract the usable elements for re-sale to Re-Teck’s global partner exchange.

    “The mobile world order is facing some of the biggest changes and greatest opportunities in its existence,” noted Linda Li, Chief Strategy Officer, Re-Teck. “Movements such as IoT, Machine Learning, AR and VR are heavily dependent on an installed base of high-performing, highly-connected systems that connect populations, inform decisions and facilitate new businesses from the likes of Snap, Uber, Lyft, Google, Amazon, Facebook and thousands of start-ups around the globe.”

    “Mobile devices play a central role in making these connections and facilitating change but the technology, how it’s manufactured, bought, sold and supported is also facing significant disruption,” Li continued. Re-Teck’s end-to-end RSCM platform, currently deployed by Global 500 brands such as Microsoft, NEC, Amazon and Motorola, eliminates the logistical, compliance, and technological issues of technology take-back initiatives, providing clients with a simple solution to a complex issue.

    For more information on Re-Teck reverse supply chain management services, please visit: www.re-teck.com
  • June 22, 2017   |   EBN Re-Teck Opens Bay-Area HQ to Support Elevated Strategic Role of Reverse Supply Chain Management
    Re-Teck Opens Bay-Area HQ to Support Elevated Strategic Role of Reverse Supply Chain Management
    SAN FRANCISCO, CA– – In a move to support the growing number of senior technology executives seeking to better execute a North America-based Reverse Supply Chain Management (RSCM) strategy, Re-Teck announced the opening of its new headquarters in Redwood City, California. The move comes ahead of an expansion of the company's Dallas-area RSCM facility, and the September opening of an RSCM facility in Milipitas, California. The Redwood City headquarters will house program management, engineering, R&D, business development and support staff.

    Re-Teck provides clients with a simple solution to a complex issue. Its end-to-end RSCM platform, currently deployed by Global 500 brands such as Microsoft, NEC, Amazon and Motorola, eliminates the logistical, compliance and technological issues of technology take-back initiatives. Re-Teck’s engineering teams consider the aftermarket value for devices, the primary market value for component parts — screens, switches, and chips as well as the recycling value of metals —and extract the usable elements for re-sale to Re-Teck’s global partner exchange. This RSCM process has been pioneered by Re-Teck and its parent company Li Tong Group (LTG) of Hong Kong.

    “Recycling is a dirty word at Re-Teck,” said Linda Li, Chief Strategy Officer, Re-Teck. “This is because it used to simply mean shredding the devices; re-using a limited volume of the raw materials, and sending more materials to landfill. At Re-Teck, we understand the potential of technology to be profitably disassembled with components being repurposed and re-used, while addressing regulations and better protecting the planet. The commoditization of recycling has stopped at many of the most progressive technology brands, and they’re now counting on Re-Teck as a strategic partner to help them navigate the new world order.”

    For more information on Re-Teck reverse supply chain management services, please visit: www.re-teck.com
  • June 7, 2017   |   InsightaaS Post-Paris: As American industry assumes climate leadership from Washington, reverse supply chain becomes fundamental
    Post-Paris: As American industry assumes climate leadership from Washington, reverse supply chain becomes fundamental
    SAN FRANCISCO, California June 5th, 2017 – With the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on June 1, 2017, US states, cities and businesses have reaffirmed their intent to abide by the principles and targets of the agreement. In doing so, these entities are elevating Reverse Supply Chain Management (RSCM) — the process of managing end of life hardware to extract working components for re-use in other devices — as an important way to extract the very most from technology and keep the most from landfills.

    “For every action — mining metals, extruding plastics, making chipsets and batteries — there is an unavoidable, inarguable impact,” stated Linda Li, Chief Strategy Officer, Re-Teck. “Reverse Supply Chain Management minimizes the impact by re-using the component parts and the materials industry has already built, mined, and manufactured. It is a critical next step in the evolution of responsible business and is at a scale and sophistication where it makes no sense not to do it!”

    Re-Teck’s end-to-end RSCM platform, currently deployed by Global 500 brands such as Microsoft, NEC, Amazon and Motorola, eliminates the logistical, compliance and technological issues of deploying technology take-back initiatives. Re-Teck’s engineering teams consider the aftermarket value for devices, the primary market value for component parts such as screens, switches, and chips, as well as the recycling value of metals, and extract the usable elements for re-sale to Re-Teck’s global partner exchange. This RSCM process has been pioneered by Re-Teck and its parent company Li Tong Group (LTG) of Hong Kong.

    “With RSCM the screen of 7 inch tablet will become the interface of a New York City taxi payment system instead of simply going to landfill,” Li said today. “This is important. It’s going to be foundational to tech and, one day, must be existential to industry.”

    For more information on Re-Teck reverse supply chain management services, please visit: www.re-teck.com
  • June 1, 2017   |   Colin Staub / E-Scrap News Predicted manufacturing return drives Re-Teck expansion
    Predicted manufacturing return drives Re-Teck expansion
    Reverse Supply Chain Management platform currently deployed by Global 500 brands


    A U.S. electronics disassembly and processing outlet is expanding with a new California flagship facility, spurred by anticipated growth in the domestic electronics manufacturing industry.

    Re-Teck, an IT asset disposition (ITAD) company, plans to open a new 50,000-square-foot facility in the San Francisco Bay Area in August. Its U.S. operations are currently made up of three Dallas locations totaling 75,000 square feet.

    The U.S. has been “a major focus of our corporate development in the recent couple years and going down the road,” Linda Li, Re-Teck’s chief strategy officer, said in an interview with E-Scrap News. “It’s because we do foresee a lot of high-tech manufacturing potentially coming back to North America.”

    The California project is driven by the predicted increase in post-industrial supply of recyclables, although it will handle post-consumer materials as well.

    Re-Teck handles all steps in the end-of-life management process and works in both the post-industrial and post-consumer spheres. According to a press release, its clients include Microsoft, NEC, Amazon, Motorola and others. Its services include front-end take-back platforms, such as is used by Amazon, as well as the transport of material from a distribution or repair center to a Re-Teck processing facility, where devices undergo screening, testing, authentication, data destruction and grading of parts.

    Re-Teck’s Dallas-area facilities are R2-certified, and Li said the company will work to certify the upcoming facility in Milpitas, Calif. as well.

    Re-Teck is a subsidiary of Li Tong Group (LTG), which performs the same services and has 21 wholly owned facilities around the world.

    Enabling reuse a priority
    The company prioritizes disassembly and parts harvesting, but will send components that can’t be reused to a shredder for materials recovery.

    E-plastics receive special attention from Re-Teck. Because it’s difficult for a plastic reclaimer handling curbside materials to handle e-plastics, Re-Teck facilitates the return of those materials back to the virgin material supplier.

    “This is very unique in the high-tech space,” Li said.

    Materials fit for reuse go into a variety of downstream outlets, depending on the condition of the device and the volume a buyer needs. Re-Teck often works with smaller designers and manufacturers without the budget to buy large shipments of new parts, Li said. She gave the example of a toy drone manufacturer needing to buy screens in bulk while trying to keep costs down. Li also cited another downstream example of harvested screens being sold and reused as the displays in taxi cabs.

    Driven by OEM commitments
    Changing attitudes about end-of-life management contributed strongly to Re-Teck’s expansion decision, particularly companies becoming more involved with how their products are handled.

    Li described recent announcements by major electronics manufacturers looking to bolster their sustainable activities as evidence of a change. Although Li didn’t mention the company specifically, Apple recently made such an announcement when the company said it will strive to use entirely recycled metals in its manufacturing in the future.

    “Compliance and sustainability, senior directors in these areas from some of these large corporations are making announcements that they’re going to close-loop, reuse all their materials,” Li said. “They’re going to build the next generation supply chain where reuse and recovery is maximized.

    “Once one company makes that kind of move, and everyone else considers their peers, they want to do the same thing. Nobody wants to be a lagger in this space because the public is just, the awareness is really there. We do really believe that the U.S. will be a high-demand and high growth market for us.” www.re-teck.com
  • May 24, 2017   |   Recycling Product RE-TECK enables leading technology manufacturers with solution to challenges of take-back initiatives
    RE-TECK enables leading technology manufacturers with solution to challenges of take-back initiatives
    Reverse Supply Chain Management platform currently deployed by Global 500 brands

    SAN FRANCISCO, California - Taking care of the considerable logistical, compliance and technological issues of deploying technology take-back initiatives can be a considerable barrier for brands seeking to do better. Re-Teck, the Dallas- and San Francisco-based leader in Reverse Supply Chain Management (RSCM) is providing leading technology brands with a simple solution to a complex issue, but is also turning a cost center into a profit center by dismantling obsolete technologies and re-purposing valuable components into new devices.

    "Our partners — the leading technology brands on the planet — win by providing their customers with a brand experience that extends beyond hardware, UX and support, but also extends to what happens once the product needs to be replaced and recycled," Linda Li chief Strategy Officer, Re-Teck said today. "Our programs provide confidence to the brands and the consumer that the product will be taken care of in the most responsible way possible and that valuable components will not simply be destroyed or sent to landfill, but re-used in a progressive and intelligent way."

    Re-Teck's strength lies in the depth of its engineering expertise: engineering teams consider the aftermarket value for devices, the primary market value for component parts such as screens, switches, and chips, as well as the recycling value of metals, and extract the usable elements for re-sale to Re-Teck's global partner network. This process, Reverse Supply Chain Management (RSCM), has been pioneered by Re-Teck and its parent company Li Tong Group (LTG) of Hong Kong. Remaining non-usable parts are disposed of via highly regulated, compliant systems.

    Re-Teck and parent company, LTG, have elevated the issue of hardware lifecycle management to a strategic opportunity that OEMs and hardware brands can manage effectively for considerable gains. Re-Teck's end-to-end RSCM platform, currently deployed by Global 500 brands such as Microsoft, NEC, Amazon and Motorola among others, is increasingly available to startups, SMBs and enterprise clients who use or sell hardware.

    "At Re-Teck we take the hard work out of doing the right thing," Li continued. "Our programs have been proven by the most demanding brands at the highest levels and have allowed our partners to deepen their customer relationships, strengthen their organizational/culture initiatives, maintain the highest levels of compliance and even return a profit. It's a win:win for the brand, the customer — and the environment!"

    Re-Teck is the North America subsidiary of Li Tong Group (LTG). LTG is the global market leader in Reverse Supply Chain Management (RSCM) solutions for OEMs, enterprises, government and consumers for the reuse, remanufacture and recovery (3R) of both Post-Industrial Recovery (PIR) and Post-Consumer Recycling (PCR) and hi-tech products and components including mobile devices, smart devices, big-data network and telecom equipment. In the past 15 years, LTG has developed a global network of 21 wholly owned facilities across North America, APAC, EU and MEA, which currently serves more than 100 customers and employs more than 1,200 people worldwide. It has an extensive patent portfolio for innovative methods and automated systems of digital processing and reclamation technologies. www.re-teck.com


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