Sims Recycling Solutions, a provider of electronics reuse and recycling, has expanded its U.S. asset management services to include mobile devices, such as feature phones, smartphones and tablets. Sims has hired technicians and quality assurance inspectors dedicated to grading, testing and repairing mobile devices at its West Chicago, Ill., location.
Based on the most recent numbers from IDC, mobile devices, especially smartphones, have continued to erode personal computer sales. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 76.3 million units in the first quarter of 2013, while worldwide smartphone shipments totaled 216.2 million units. In response, Sims has invested in the resources necessary to successfully manage the challenges associated with mobile devices.
To protect its customers from stolen devices and fluctuating prices, Sims has signed an agreement with CheckMEND, developer of a proprietary system called Price Base. Through its partnership, due diligence can be performed to assure devices the company offers for resale are legitimate.
Sims has integrated the application into its inventory management system to automatically check cellphones and tablets when they arrive at a company facility. Items with negative report results will be flagged and dealt with on a case-by-case basis. The Price Base system gives Sims the ability to research every available mobile device and know its current value so Sims can competitively price used devices.
In North America, Sims Recycling Solutions operates 16 sites in Arizona, British Columbia, California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, Ontario, Quebec, Tennessee and Texas.