January 21, 2021

By Admin

Adapting to meet the challenges of a remote workforce

As businesses continue to grapple with a worldwide pandemic that has caused millions of office associates to work remotely, the recycling industry has been quickly adapting to meet these new challenges. This has resulted in an increase in requests for “white glove services” such as remote pick-up, deployment of personalized shipping portals, and requests for individualized mailing kits to return mobile equipment.

The rapid deployment of shipping label portals has allowed a remote workforce to safely generate and print return labels in the comfort and safety of their own homes. Associates can simply pack their used devices into materials found around the house and drop them off at a local return box to avoid contact. As a result of this shift, tracking and reporting weekly arrivals and processing has become a key component of measuring success and managing assets for IT managers. The pandemic is requiring IT professionals to adapt quickly to the changing environment and partner with industry leaders to build programs to meet these rapidly changing needs. IT managers are beginning to fill the increased demand for not only procuring remote equipment but tracking these assets and maintaining them in a remote environment. To meet this unique demand, recycling companies are expanding their capabilities to include asset inventory and takeback platforms. If a mobile device needs to be upgraded, remote associates can log on to their internal systems, request an upgrade or replacement, and generate a shipping label so they can send their used device back for asset recovery.

Many recycling industry experts expect this sudden shift to a mostly remote workforce to stick around after the pandemic ends. Major industry leaders are already signaling that they will allow their workforce to work from home permanently.


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