#Refurbishment. Why Should buy refurbished domestic appliances ? the expert says …

In our vision of a circular economy, consumer electronic products are loved for longer.They are kept in use for as long as possible, either by the original user, or flowing to new users who will find new value and utility in them. Eventually, devices end up in the hands of specialists, who will professionally refurbish products, reuse or remanufacture the valuable
components inside, and separate and recycle materials.

But, why should be convenient buy refurbished products? Viorel Mirea, Ceo of Expert Recare srl , refurbishment company based in the wonderful Bucharest, help us explaining his"inside" point of view

I have been thinking, says Mr Viorel Mirea, what should provide a refurbisher to its clients in order to make them choose domestic appliances refurbished instead of new one.

1. Transparency regarding the product's history – product used or never
been used (packaging issues – product needs safety and functional test
just to be sure that it wasn't damaged along with its packaging)
2. Product's quality/condition – product passed safety tests, fully
functional, hygienic and proper packed
3. Warranty and return policy – build trust in regards to the product
4. Price – an important decision factor
5. After sales service support – important to know that there is a
service which provide support in case of any issue appeared (call
center, service center). These are the main important services which will make a person buyingrefurbished."

from our point of view ( Ricondizionatoshop.com side ) we add the CO2 impact, relate d to the refurbishment processes. This is our mandatory "mantra" which we selected our partners/finish goods/best for end users.

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#Refurbishment. The 5 mandatory rules to be a perfect refurbisher.We asked an expert

There are two ways to save money on big purchases like kitchen appliances power tools: you can wait and wait for the best sales, and then fight your way through the crowds to shop them; or you can buy certified refurbished merchandise for significant discounts. The best part? These refurbished products look, feel and function like they’re brand new.

When you purchase a refurbished appliance from a trusted seller like Amazon Renewed or Ebay you’re getting an item that has been used and then returned within the short return window. It’s repaired and certified to ensure it’s functioning like new, and sold at a significant discount. Sometimes, those items haven’t been used ( or NFF, not faulty Found ) — they were just returned in opened packaging and so can’t be sold as “new” anymore, even if they are indeed new.

As per trusted seller, often, we are speaking about of refurbisher, companies which works returns, repairing, cleaning, re-packing, basically getting a new lifecycle to the items. But what are the rules which are mandatory for a refurbisher to guarantee quality, working and a good deal for customer? We asked an expert, Viorel Mirea CEO and founder of Expert Recare srl, refurbishment company based in the beautiful Bucharest in Romania.

"The perfect refurbisher - says Mr. Mirea - should be focused to provide the best service for its partners and final clients, must protect the environment in all its actions and should consider the:

1. Safety - the products should be safe in operation
2. Functionality - the product should work as described by manufacturer,
nothing different by a new product.
3. Hygiene - the product should be perfect cleaned, brought as close as
possible "as new" condition.
4. Price - the price should be fair - real deal
5. Respect - for business partners and environment.

The perfect refurbisher should be fair and respectful with its business
partners, should provide a safe and fully functional product, perfectly
cleaned at a very good "green" price." says Mr. Mirea in conclusion.

Words of Mr.Mirea sounds good, speaking about that refurbishment it's built across a mix of experience, professional skills, a full vision of circular economy activities, which means obsessive attention to technical details, which is from my point of view, first quality im looking from a perfect refurbisher.

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#Refurbishment. Home appliances Harvesting spare parts . EU adopts ‘eco-design’ rules to make it easier to repair household appliances and reduce waste

The EU has adopted new rules that will make it easier to repair household appliances in a bid to reduce waste. The measures will require manufacturers of home appliances to make spare parts available and to ensure they can be easily replaced.

From March 2021, manufacturers will have to ensure that spare parts are available for at least seven years after a product has been sold, that they can deliver the parts within 15 working days and that the parts can be replaced safely using commonly available tools.

“Whether it is by fostering repairability or improving water consumption, intelligent eco-design makes us use our resources more efficiently, bringing clear economic and environmental benefits,” said Jyrki Katainen, vice-president for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness at the European Commission.

These measures can save European households on average €150 (£134) per year and contribute to energy savings .

EU measures says that manufacturers and importers will need to comply with the new requirements by the relevant commencement date (which varies depending on the product type but falls between 1 April 2020 and 1 September 2021) in order to keep marketing such products in the EU.

For that reason , we are pretty sure that , manufacturer need household specialized refurbishers support, to be ready in this new challenge.

We believe that, a service like Harvesting Spare parts refurbished, provided by a professional refurbisher, specialized focus on house appliances , and Europe Based will boost this process , according the new european measures.

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Home appliances. How , refurbishment, can be helpful for sales during COVID-19 emergence

The impact of the coronavirus on global logistics has been severe. Many countries have imposed substantial restrictions on border traffic.

The coronavirus has hit global trade hard. Because of the outbreak, many governments have imposed travel restrictions along with lockdowns with varying degrees of severity. The world’s trade lanes have all experienced double-digit declines. Most of them have experienced declines of over 30 percent.

The Chinese lockdown measures have had supply chain implications for many Western countries. This is because of the importance of China in so many of the world’s supply chains.

As a result, even businesses encountering increased demand, such small domestic appliances and electrical equipment, are facing supply chain issues that endanger their production.

The global impact of the coronavirus on the economy and supply chains is still difficult to assess in its entirety. However, what is already clear is that the impacts of the virus are severe and are likely to extend over the next few months at least.

So, how refurbishment services can be helpful for small domestic appliances and consumer electronics industry?

To be clear, this is not "THE" solution, but one of the right strategies useful to mitigate and/or financial/clients loss , because ...

If is not possible sell brand new products due COVID shipping restrictions, could be sold refurbished ones , reducing a big part of commercial losses and opening a new commercial market

Products refurbished are much appreciated from online buyers, which seems , are increasing day by day.

From scrap returns, refurbishers can harvest spare parts useful to be sent to service centers, solving a big issue with customer satisfied, if the far-east supplier delay the production and the shipping.

Considering entire supply chains broken due to country lockdowns,
missing raw materials, longer lead times, etc. Refurbishment and harvesting spare parts, could be an instrument to avoid market speculations, containing costs and cash .

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Refurbishment household appliances reduce CO2 impact

My website claim is "buy refurbished and save the planet" . This not only an "emotional" claim, it's a way to live, not only for me but i hope , for everyone live in a sustainable way.

The everyday use of home appliances, laptops or mobile phones is an obvious cause of CO2 emissions. While obvious, everyday use is not the main cause, which comes when manufacturing the product. In this case, recycling appliances or IT devices reduces landfill waste, but increases CO2 emissions, because it increases the need to manufacture replacement products.

Across society, sustainability has become a critical issue, so it is important to understand how to make your business and operations more sustainable. Saving energy is good, but reducing emissions is better. Companies should consider using circular supply chains and refurbishment services. Rather than the traditional ‘take, make, dispose’ model, a circular economy reuses and refurbish products and materials to minimise waste and make the most of our natural resources.

From a sustainability perspective, while recycling obsolescent appliance or device should ensure some valuable metal reuse, it is only a partial solution. Every time an organisation throws away a laptop, or an owen a blender they need a new one to replace it. By comparison, if old appliances or devices are refurbished they can be reused by a less demanding user and displace the need to manufacture replacements.

Evidence of human impact on fragile ecosystems surrounds us, and we continue to overconsume finite resources. Refurbishing is part of the solution: one way to reduce the carbon footprint, raw materials used and e-waste produced.

The choice is not between being sustainable and being profitable. There is a business case for more sustainable behaviour: Quite simply, refurbishing Appliances or IT will extract more value than recycling. Sales departments can sell used refurbished products , avoid recycling fees and landfill taxes. There is also a change coming in buying behaviour: organisations with sustainability policies will require suppliers to meet their sustainability standards; this practice started in Sweden, and is spreading south. Even if not a mandatory buying criterion, demonstrable sustainability can help differentiate your organisation and create a competitive edge.

IT devices are natural candidates for circular business models. Use a qualified and certified refurbishment service based on a circular economy approach, and your products policies offer a route to more sustainable electronic. This is a simple step to improve the sustainability of your operations while developing a plan to do better. Not only does this choice makes good commercial sense, it is also the right thing to do for the planet.

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Sales of refurbished appliances doubled in April.

Refurbishers appliance businesses said that they have seen a surge in business since the coronavirus outbreak.

The boom in sales is credited to expanded use due to stay-at-home orders, additional money from stimulus checks and people working on home projects.

The amateur baker has saved the flour industry, right. People are using appliances a lot and that causes thing that are getting old to break, but I think a lot of it is, ‘My oven doesn’t bake cookies. Let’s get on the internet and see what we want,

Strong business combined with factory delays means it is hard for appliance businesses to meet the demand.

A lot of stuff is on backorder. Ovens aren’t available for another month and other appliances we’re having a tough time getting. It’s not just new appliances that people are buying. sales of refurbished appliances doubled in April.

Covid-19 could boost the concept of the circular economy for electrical products, as consumers reconsider what they really need to own, while companies producing or relying on electrical products investigate ways to avoid disrupted supply chains. “When you get these global shocks, it does make people question the resilience of supply chains, and makes us think about systems, which is fundamentally what the circular economy is about,” says Joe Iles, circular design programme lead for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Giving people a good experience when buying secondhand or refurbished products is crucial to compete in the market.

This means that appliance companies and manufacturer must to change their mentality. Refurbishment is not an internal conflict, not cannibalize nothing, rather, it's an opportunity, a saving costs activity, contribute to get up the brand, a customer super-service ( are you looking for an oven and is not available? Buy our refurbished ..... ) basically, the deal of the year.

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The “Circular Electronics Iniziative”, a new big opportunity for Reverse Logistics, repair and refurbishment services

During pandemy, on 11 March, the EU commission released its new Circular Economy Action Plan outlining a set of initiatives aimed to establish a sustainable framework for products, services and business models and make products easier to reuse, repair and recycle.

This unprecedented economic status provides the EU with the opportunity to go even further, and accelerate the shift to a circular economy, which means more opportunities for Reverse Logistics,Repair and Refurbishment Services.

Chapter 3.1 of Circular Economy Action Plans says :

"Electrical and electronic equipment continues to be one of the fastest growing waste streams in the EU, with current annual growth rates of 2%.

It is estimated that less than 40% of electronic waste is recycled in the EU20. Value is lost when fully or partially functional products are discarded because they are not reparable, the battery cannot be replaced, the software is no longer supported, or materials incorporated in devices are not recovered.
About two in three Europeans would like to keep using their current digital devices for longer, provided performance is not significantly affected21.
To address these challenges, the Commission will present a ‘Circular Electronics Initiative’ mobilising existing and new instruments. In line with the new sustainable products policy framework, this initiative will
promote longer product lifetimes and include, among others, the following actions:

• regulatory measures for electronics and ICT including mobile phones, tablets and laptops under the Ecodesign Directive so that devices are designed for energy efficiency and durability, reliability, upgradability, maintenance, reuse and recycling. The upcoming Ecodesign Working Plan will set out further details on this. Printers and consumables such as cartridges will also be covered unless the sector reaches an ambitious voluntary agreement within the next six months;
• focus on electronics and ICT as a priority sector for implementing the ‘right to repair’, including a right to update obsolete software;
• regulatory measures on chargers for mobile phones and similar devices, including the introduction of a common charger, improving the durability of charging cables, and incentives to decouple the purchase of chargers from the purchase of new devices;
• improving the collection and treatment of waste electrical and electronic equipment including by exploring options for an EU-wide take back scheme to return or sell back old mobile phones, tablets and chargers"

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Why Reverse Logistic and refurbishment services must to in invest in Italy


Simply because second-hand market value in Italy , i mean, reselling, reusing, and recycling objects is gaining ground and today is worth 23 billion euros, i.e, 1.3 percent of GDP, with a 28 percent growth over the last seven years. 

According to market research firm Doxa, which recently conducted a study for Subito—the leading digital platform in Italy that automates trade of used items for 11 million unique monthly users—18 million objects found a new home through their platform. Leggi tutto

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How we can be helpful in your reverse logistic needs


Nobody can says "we are your solution" if not in knowledge, perfectly about your needs , but we are pretty sure that, a good reverse logistic partner , need to have clear the returns map.  

Mapping reverse-logistics operations means developing a full picture of the different ways by which parts and assets move between customers, business systems and warehouse locations.

 Effective mapping and managing the need for parts, anticipating or planning returns and the corresponding depot service can transform reverse logistics from cost driver to a revenue-producing business function. 

This requires reverse-logistics activities to be handled in a unified, standardized fashion, with returns, depot repairs and part or asset swaps all coded in the same language.

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People prefer to buy second-hand to reduce their carbon footprint

About a recent research provided by YouGov for Shpock in UK, Steve Grice, Managing Director of Shpock UK says that, "Countless perfectly good and reusable items are thrown away every day which isn’t just harmful to the environment, but also incredibly wasteful when they could be sold on instead of piling up in landfills. However, our research shows that Brits would much rather buy and sell more second-hand items and think it’s an easier way to reduce their carbon footprint than going vegetarian or cancelling flights."

We agreed with Mr. Grice, but overall our thoughts are in "after-covid" prospect, considering the future scenario's which will be surely influenced by a critical phase of financial crisis and particularly into the families , which will be obliged to manage their expenses more rationally.

For that reason, if till yesterday, 1 to 5 it was inclined to buy appliances or electronics products second hand or refurbished, we can be sure that , the future will double the request.

Now. Companies are ready to catch-up that opportunity? Are aware in order to everything needs to do about it? Do companies know what's the next steps to not lose this "business" train??

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