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Western Europe's PC market grows 3% in Q2 2021, despite phenomenal Q2 2020


After four consecutive quarters of stellar growth, Western Europe recorded more modest annual growth of 3% in Q2 2021. At the same time, Q2 2020 was a phenomenal quarter, the first to show the COVID-accelerated spike in demand, so 3% growth now is still very impressive. Trang Pham, Research Analyst at Canalys, said, “Demand is still strong. Western Europe has emerged into a post-COVID ‘new normal’, a rapidly digitalizing world, as shown by the robust shipment numbers. Had supply issues been resolved, we could have seen even higher growth in the PC market.”

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IT Asset Disposition Market : An Exclusive Study On Upcoming Trends And Growth Opportunities


The global IT asset disposition market size is anticipated to reach USD 27.9 billion by 2025 and register a CAGR of 10.8%, according to a study conducted by Grand View Research, Inc. Increasing use of electronic devices and growing need among enterprises to dispose their IT assets efficiently are the major factors driving the market.

Over the last few years, the demand for IT asset disposition services has witnessed strong growth with business organizations emphasizing on limiting their carbon footprints. The market is poised to register strong growth in the coming years owing to growing awareness regarding the need to reduce the environmental threats created by e-waste and the prevailing dynamic regulatory landscape worldwide.

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The global chip shortage is creating a new problem: More fake components


Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, in effect, electronic device makers have come under the pressure of unprecedented demand from consumers. With companies and individuals alike rushing to purchase PCs, smartphones, tablets and gaming consoles, manufacturers have suddenly found themselves needing vast amounts of semiconductors – the tiny components that constitute the "brain" of most electronics, and which are produced in most cases by third-party companies called foundries.

But foundries are currently unable to produce chips fast enough to cope with the surge in demand that is looking unlikely to calm down. Gartner estimates that the semiconductor shortage will last well into 2022, and has warned equipment manufacturers that wafer orders could come with up to 12 months of lead time in the coming months.

For some companies, this will mean finding an alternative way of stocking up on chips or shutting down production lines. In other words, the current times are opening up a golden opportunity for electronic component counterfeiters and fraudsters to step in.

The problem, of course, is unlikely to affect tech giants whose reliance on semiconductors is such that they have implemented robust supply chains, and will typically only purchase components directly from chip manufacturers. Those at risk rather include low-volume manufacturers whose supply chain for semiconductors is less established – but it could include companies in sectors that are as critical as defense, healthcare and even automotive.

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The Data and Environmental Challenges of Remote Working and E-Waste


Surges in demand for electronics often have an environmental cost - more devices flood the market, producing more plastics and other materials that are either correctly recycled or end up as landfill, as well as more precious metals used up. In many ways, this is a necessary stopgap to keep our society up and running. But when this surge happens suddenly and on a global scale - driven by companies and organizations that need to accommodate a massive shift to a remote lifestyle - the quantity of e-waste can increase exponentially.

Then there are other climate considerations. Typically, businesses send ITAD partners devices by the pallet or truckload, neatly packaged and securely shipped from the corporate IT operation. But working from home has ended that level of consolidation. Instead, each remote worker ships their device in individual boxes, which produce more cargo and more Scope 3 emissions from their transportation. Imagine Fortune 500 companies with more than 50,000 employees sending over 100 laptops a day, every day from all over the country in separate boxes directly from their employees' homes. It’s a hugely inefficient waste of resources.

Sending devices directly also causes data security issues. Because of the speed of the shift to remote working, many of these devices are not managed by Mobile Device Management (MDM) software to give an IT department lockdown and remote wipe capabilities. Devices are then shipped to an ITAD partner along an insecure supply chain and with potentially inappropriate packaging and labeling. This may currently be an unavoidable consequence of the pandemic, but it creates some opportunity for data to get mismanaged or put in the wrong hands, which can have dire consequences.

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