Why Is The “Right To Repair” So Important?

A few months back, many iPhone 6 users were faced with Apple shutting down their iPhones with one of their software updates. Those users had made repairs on their phones, without using an authorized repair shop. Apple’s decision caused a public outcry and eventually, they reverted these changes in their next version of iOS.

This is the same situation that happens whenever an owner of a John Deere tractor attempts to make repairs through someone who is not authorized. After fixes are made, they are still required to have a John Deere representative come out and authorize the repairs, which is another added on expense and time consumer. Many of these farmers are fighting this because it could slow down their work in the field.

If this is not something that Apple is allowed to get away with, why is John Deere getting away with it?

Whether you’re wanting to fix your iPhone or the John Deere tractor in your field, the “right to repair” is a vital factor to support your livelihood.  At least eight states have been considering laws to protect the user’s “right to repair”. This “right to repair” will cause the users to have the chance to get more life out of the device, instead of tempting the user to just toss the device into the trash. Big or small, electronic devices contribute to the 20 to 50 million metric tons of e-waste that we produce every year, worldwide. When a device is harder to repair, it is more likely to be tossed into a landfill, even if there are laws that attempt to prevent this.

E-waste is extremely dangerous if it ends up in landfills. Batteries can explode and cause fires and many chemicals can get into the ground water surrounding the landfills. Instead of keeping up the habit of running to the store to buy a new device every time something breaks, we should be taking the device to the repair shop to extend the life of the item. While we are fighting for the ability to access the information to fix our devices ourselves, there are still companies like EPC, Inc. that offers service and repairs on many of your electronic devices.

EPC will always attempt to repair first, using our award-winning service department.   But if the machine is truly end of life, EPC’s Electronic Recycling Center, de-manufactures and recycles your e-waste to reduce the amount that ends up in landfills. Most electronics are 100% recyclable and EPC follows the BAN e-Steward guidelines while recycling all raw materials. We also take data security very seriously and any data recycled devices is destroyed according to the NIST 800-88 Guidelines to ensure the privacy of our customers.

Stop in to our St. Charles, MO location today to get your electronic devices repaired by our award-winning service department!

Clear the Clutter – Time to Recycle 2015 – with EPC, Inc.!

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Did you know that each person in North America, has an average of at least 6 pieces of ‘idle technology” in their home? Whether it’s an old cell phone, that computer that just “didn’t work one day”, an old stereo system, CD player or printer – everyone’s got something that’s got to go. Well the time is now!

EPC, Inc. is proud to offer you another outstanding recycling opportunity via our 2015 “Time to Recycle” Event that let’s you unload your antiquated electronics at EPC’s St. Charles Corporate Headquarters on May 2nd, 2015! Simply gather up your gear, and head to EPC’s St. Charles facility at 3941 Harry S Truman Blvd. and clear out the clutter!

Still not convinced why you should come out?

*This event is for PERSONAL USE ONLY and all items will be handled according to EPC’s “ZERO LANDFILL POLICY.”

On-Site Hard Drive Shredding:

EPC's Data Destruction Recycling Vehicle in Action! Check It Out In Person!

Our fleet of Data Destruction Recycling Vehicles )The DDRVs) are constantly touring North America to ensure that organizations, businesses and companies of all kinds experience the peace of mind that reliable, affordable, certified mobile Data Destruction offers. On May 2nd, 2015, you’ll be able to have YOUR hard drive shredded into tiny bits by one of our vehicles! It’s the best way to make sure that your personal data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands! You can even get an EPC Certificate of Destruction for just $5, certifying that your hard drive and all data contained therein has been safely destroyed by EPC!

Items that can be accepted include:

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Computers, clocks, stereos, servers, laptops, tablets, cell phones, telephones, speakers, microwaves, printers, toner cartridges, writing of all kinds.

Items that cannot be accepted include:

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Firearms, any item with Freon, fluorescent bulbs, large home appliances (white goods)

PLEASE NOTE:

All CRT/TVs – $10 Each.

Another Great Bonus:

epc-certificate-sampleCertificates of Destruction are available for all shredded hard drives for just $5 each!

Still have questions? Not sure what you need to do next? Have a strange item and not sure what to do with it? Contact EPC, Inc. today and let us know how we can help you “Clear the Clutter” and make the most of this “Time to Recycle” event!

5 Reasons Why: Asset Recovery/ITAD Partner VS Surplus Auction

From Patrick Mann: ITAD Sales, EPC, Inc.

I’ve lived in Texas my whole life, and if there’s one thing that’s even BIGGER than Texas, it’s the auction industry. When they start doing reality TV programs about things – well -it’s huge. What’s missing though, especially when it comes to business, your data, and the gear you’re trying to find a purpose for (especially when your company is done with it), is some common sense that should be the overriding factor when your company’s reputation and future business influence are concerned.

Recently I consulted a customer on the value of doing business with a company like EPC, and explained the differences and benefits between having an Trusted ITAD/Asset Recovery Partner like EPC, and sending your gear off to the quick-buck auction block. We really are a partner with you throughout the process, we help any way we can using our nation-wide reach.

 True Secure Data Destruction: Sending off your systems, full of sensitive customer or company information to an open bidder during an auction, is more than a nightmare scenario waiting to happen, it is against the law. EPC, Inc. on the other hand is 1.) a certified NAID service provider & BAN e-Steward ready to receive, audit, and completely and securely destroy your data via hard drive wipe or shred

— Proper Disposal of End-of-Life Equipment: Having a trail for future reference (either for inventory or audit purposes) is next to impossible when you consider auctions. With EPC, Inc. an entire, detailed history of each and every asset is provided to help you when the auditors come calling, wondering where system x3497G has gotten to.

 Reduces the Maintenance for Your Company’s IT Staff: Let’s say you’re going to be prudent and remove the information from your systems before you send your units off to auction. That’s a LOT of physical move time, time to destroy data, time to verify what’s in which machine and potential theft of assets in-house. EPC, Inc. provides you with all of these services and more as a matter of course when having them included in our ITAD Asset Recovery Services. Any CPA will love that you have functional, detailed reports that make reviewing what your PC has (and doesn’t have) a dream.

 Targeted Markets Make Moving Your Cleared Gear Easy: At an auction, your information is available, and in the wind the instant the auction is over. With EPC, Inc. after the drive data is security destroyed (via wipe or shred), our retail and wholesale customer base is made up of a very wide variety of targeted markets, making the ability to move your equipment that much easier. The more potential buyers there are, the faster the chance to take advantage of current industry values for your gear happens. In the end, that means that whatever you make back helps to reduce the cost of acquiring EPC’s peace of mind for you and your company or organization.

 Paying the House: When it’s all said and done at an auction of any kind, you’re going to end up paying the auctioneer, the house they work in and more their part of the overall transaction which means that you lose even more value/profit when it comes to selling off your equipment. EPC, Inc. actually helps to ensure that each piece – can be moved for a higher revenue return. Who doesn’t want more money for their product?

These are just some of the things to remember when it comes to making sure that you’re benefiting from a true, valued-added relationship when considering the values of having “An Asset Recovery/ITAD Partner VS. Surplus Auction.”

Do you have one that we missed? We’re always interested in hearing from you!

Shutting Down or Moving? How to Choose the Right Asset Disposition and Remarketing Partner

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From Patrick Mann: ITAD SalesEPC, Inc.

Whether you’re a property manager, an IT or data center manager, a lessor, or a liquidation manager, when your company charges you with disposition of physical IT assets, there’s little room for error. Because of the unplanned and chaotic nature of the situations that call for IT asset disposition, you’re often up against a hard deadline and a shifting, disorganized environment.

When disposing of IT assets in these situations, your task is to mitigate the risk to your organization and get the job done quickly.

Common situations that call for quick disposition of IT assets include:

• Bankruptcy
• Consolidation
• Merger
• Data center merger
• Downsizing
• Closing a division or data center

Usually, when these situations occur, the property manager or IT manager doesn’t have much time to plan and manage the disposition. In these chaotic situations, often the best approach to asset disposition is to partner with an experienced asset disposition solution provider or equipment re-marketer with the expertise and facilities to handle the logistical challenge.

Here are three things to consider when evaluating a potential asset disposition partner:

• Expertise: Is the solution provider familiar with your equipment? A trained representative can appraise the equipment on site and tell you whether or not it’s worth removing. In some situations, understanding each party’s obligations and liability for data security and the equipment itself will determine the best disposition process. An expert in reverse logistics and asset disposition can help you sort through the different scenarios.

• Ability: It sounds the same as expertise, but it’s not. You can find people who know a lot about reselling equipment, but are they able to utilize company employees and bring in the labor to move the equipment out before your deadline? Do they have certified processes for handling and destroying data? When you’re working with a strict timetable—perhaps you’ve been allocated a certain number of days by a bankruptcy court or your company’s lease is expiring—you need a solution provider who knows the equipment and can move it out quickly and efficiently and ensure data security

• Logistics: Where is the equipment going? How is it getting there? Is it being packed and handled to prevent damage and maintain maximum resale value? Is the chain of custody clear and secure?

• Value: The financial value your organization is getting back through the asset disposition should be an important factor when deciding on a solution provider, but it should not be the only one. Consider all of your costs such as the use of internal resources, transportation to far away facilities, as well risks of data breach or environmental non-compliance. The costs could outweigh the value of the assets themselves. The right asset disposition partner will help you minimize all of the costs and the risks while maximizing the return.

When you’re under the clock because of a merger, bankruptcy, data center closing, or another similar scenario, you don’t want to make mistakes. Partnering with a responsible and experienced IT asset disposition provider can make the difference between a smooth, organized process, and a chaotic, disorganized one.

5 Strangest Returns to EPC, Inc. – Part 1

EPC, Inc. has been fortunate enough to become a juggernaut in the IT Asset Recovery business and our reputation as one of the best solutions for end-of-life IT equipment continues to grow.

Those of you that consider “IT equipment” computers, printers, servers and more – you’re absolutely right. The vast majority of equipment returned falls into these categories, but you may be surprised what makes its way back to EPC.

First, a bit of background. EPC, Inc. is owned by CSI Leasing, one of the world’s largest IT lessors that provide leased equipment around the globe. Companies will receive, for example, 2,200 new computer systems, and the now off-lease equipment is acquired by EPC, Inc. and sold to schools, businesses, people in our 5,500 sq ft retail showroom – anyone that wants to save money. This “IT Equipment received back off-lease also includes some items you’d have never thought would grace the halls EPC.

Not only does this first of many listings of “weird returns to EPC, Inc.” make for an interesting read, it’s also a great way for those looking for the “out of the ordinary” to find solutions thanks to EPC, Inc.

5.) Medical Centrifuge: Centrifuges are machines that rapidly spin fluids to separate substances of different densities by using centrifugal force to produce a form of artificial gravity. They come in from medical companies of all kinds when medical equipment is upgraded.

4.) X-ray Machine: Yes, those machines that you see inside of hospitals, medical clinics and dentists office across the nation that are taking pictures of bones, screws, metal plates and foreign objects eventually make their way into EPC, Inc.

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The Value of Facebook…

There can be no denying that Facebook, like so many of the other New/Social Media tools available, is a force to be bargained with. With more than 500mil current users and the number climbing quickly daily, the networking power of Facebook has become an avenue of information, marketing and potential profit for any business.

EPC, Inc. would like to remind everyone about their Facebook presence online and invites YOU to “Like” EPC in an effort to grow the awareness and viability of our Facebook tether to the Internet.

Simply click here to visit and “Like” our presence on Facebook now!

It’s one of the best ways to find out about our current events, our charity efforts, our recycling initiatives and sales throughout the year. You won’t be sorry you did!

Do YOU have a Facebook account? Thought about creating a profile for yourself or your company? Tell us in the comments section below how YOU are using Facebook to change the way you communicate, network and do business. We’d love to hear about it!

Help us understand “the Value of Facebook” now.

Saying Goodbye to an Old (36″) Friend…

I can remember the first time I saw a “large screen TV.”

It was a 36”, gigantic Magnavox CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) television that was in the Electronics department at my local Walmart and had our family name written all over it.  As our first wedding anniversary eased into our crosshairs, along with my wife’s Walmart-based discount, we eventually pulled the trigger on our new, electronically-inclined family member and brought it home – heaved it home was probably more apt.  Going from a 20 inch television to an epic 36” motherload of black plastic and huge CRT tube was literally vision-changing in our house.  Everything was more crisp.  Colors POPPED out from our newly-cornered visual companion. Closed captions were like miniature billboards and life was good as we welcomed our tandem anniversary present and newfound family member home.

That was 1996.

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