May 17, 2020

GreenStream handles electronics recycling with ease

Supply Chain Digital
Antony Francis
GreenStream Internatio
Freddie Pierce
2 min
GreenStream’s programs handle the electronics recycling process with care thanks to three certifications and a smart WMS
Now that were in the digital age, technology and electronic devices are more readily available than ever before. Want to know where your shipment is at...

Now that we’re in the digital age, technology and electronic devices are more readily available than ever before. Want to know where your shipment is at this very instant? Download an app on your Smartphone. Want to manage your warehouse more efficiently? Try a cloud-based warehouse management system.

The greatest truth with technology and electronic devices is that they’re constantly evolving. But when last generation’s Smartphone, PC or server becomes outdated, where does it go?

Thankfully, there are companies like GreenStream International that handle the complete demanufacturing process for electronic devices.

“We know that we are following very defined processes, and that’s huge in this business,” GreenStream International CEO Antony Francis said. “You have to essentially destroy the device because we have a zero landfill policy.”


GreenStream International, like its competitors, recycles, remarkets and adds value to outdated and end-of-life retired wireless devices by recycling the electronic components. What sets GreenStream International apart is the bevy of certifications the company has acquired.

The company is both ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified, and is close to acquiring its r2 recycling certification.

“There are very, very few companies out there that have all three certifications, and to get those you obviously have to be following some pretty high standards,” Francis said.

GreenStream International is helped out on the logistics side of the equation by a Red Prairie SmartTurn warehouse management system, which is cloud-based.

“We track everything that comes in on the dot, whether it’s a single device or a pallet full of materials, and it’s traced all the way through,” Francis explains. “When we have harvested parts, we have them identified by serial number and they’re shipped off, so we have total track and trace on everything.”

That last part is critical, as the company’s certifications state that GreenStream International is held liable to its customers should an electronic device fail to be recycled properly.

The company takes care of that part of the process, however, and even adds value to the recycling process. Francis says that GreenStream International is investigating the process or remarketing old medical electronic equipment to third-world countries, where it can be put to use.

“We churn out medical equipment here at a furious rate,” Francis said. “It would be of monumental help if we could reach the world markets where older equipment could serve as state-of-the-art medical help for those people.”

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Jul 28, 2021

Gartner: CEOs Want Their CSCOs to Focus on Cost and Digital

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A new survey of CEOs indicates a shift in expectations of CSCOs to focus on cost optimisation and better defined digital transformation projects

Chief Supply Chain Officers (CSCOs) will be expected to double their efforts in cost optimisation and digital transformation if they are to best support the short and long-term growth of their businesses, according to CEOs surveyed by Gartner. 

The research and advisory firm surveyed 199 top executives from supply chain intensive industries between July and December 2020. It found that, perhaps unsurprisingly, the pandemic has shifted the focus dramatically away from undefined innovation projects towards concrete goals to bring resilience and control to their value chain. 

Around a fifth (17%) of business leaders said they want their supply chain chiefs to gain greater control over spend and cost saving, while 16% believe they should dedicate their efforts towards supply chain resiliency - both in response to the impact of the pandemic. 

“CEOs are tasking their CSCOs to focus on navigating through the ongoing disruption and ensure business continuity,” said Thomas O’Connor, Senior Director Analyst with the Gartner Supply Chain practice. “This includes dealing with pandemic-related lockdowns in key markets, supply chain shortages – as seen in the semiconductor industry – and challenges with the global flow of goods and increasing distribution costs.”

Supply Chain Digital Transformation Must be More Targeted 

With 60% of those surveyed expecting an economic boom by the end of 2022, CEOs are also tasking CSCOs with redefining their transition to digital. The majority of respondents (80%) indicated they would be increasing year-on-year incitement in technology, but will aim to move away from nebulous digital transformation projects, instead focussing on targeted initatives. 

CEOs said they need their supply chain chiefs to identify where and how digital can best support the business within the context of their specific industry or organisation. Areas most commonly cited were ecommerce/ebusiness (16%), customer interactions (9%), data analytics (9%) and customer experience (7%).

CSCOs must Prepare for Pandemic’s Impact on Business Change 

More than two thirds of executives surveyed by Gartner said the pandemic had been a pivotal moment in realigning their business, with 79% expecting the outbreak to leave a lasting and transformational impression on the behaviour of society, and their organisation and individuals. 

“Already, a range of companies have committed to social responsibility and sustainability goals – a huge integration challenge for supply chain leaders that manage global networks,” O’Connor added. “This means supply chain leaders need to establish metrics and goals for themselves and their partners, and ensure their targets are met across the whole value chain.”

This represents an enormous challenge for CSCOs, who will be at the forefront of managing and defining the evolution of their own organisations, as well as those of their supply ecosystem and partners throughout the value chain. 

Gartner clients can read the full report here

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