It’s almost inconceivable to try and chart the increase in sales of technological equipment over the last decade. As advancements in technology have continued apace consumer demand for the latest gadgets has been insatiable.
At the forefront of supplying the latest technology to consumers is online retail giant Amazon. Christmas 2014 was the 20th holiday season for the company and some of the numbers reported beggar belief.
The festive season saw Amazon ship goods to 185 countries worldwide, with the last successfully delivered order placed at 10.24pm on December 24th and realised at 11.06pm the same day. This order was placed using the Amazon Prime Now service which allows New York City residents receive items within two hours or less. Nearly 60% of shoppers ordered items using a mobile device this Christmas with use of mobile devices accelerating as the shopping season got closer to its culmination.
The recently released Amazon press release give some indication as to the amount of electronic equipment purchased this Christmas alone. Sales of the Fire tablet were three times greater on Black Friday than against the previous year and the Fire TV stick was the fastest selling Amazon device ever. The best-selling TV’s were Samsung 32-inch 1080p 60Hz Smart LED TV, Samsung 40-inch 1080p 60Hz Smart LED TV and LG Electronics 42-inch 1080p 60Hz LED TV. The most popular computers were the Acer C720 Chromebook (11.6-inch, 2GB), ASUS Chromebook 13-inch with Gigabit WiFi (16GB, 2GB) and HP 11-2010nr 11.6-inch Chromebook (Snow White).
The latest email release fails to chart exact sales figures but with everything pointing to 2014 results exceeding those from 2013, you would expect numbers to be huge. Especially bearing in mind that in 2013 on Cyber Monday alone, more than 36.8 million items were ordered worldwide equating to around 426 items per second. In addition sales of the Xbox One and PlayStation4 both released close to Black Friday 2013 reached around 1,000 units per minute at their peak.
In the UK Currys PC World reported that one in three Britons (34%) asked for a piece of wearable technology this Christmas with the expectation that 17 million 18-65 year olds will own a piece of the technology by 2017. The retailer also reports a staggering 710% increase in sales in this category compared to the same time last year.
Ahead of Black Friday Currys PC World were expecting to be processing one order every second at peak times and projecting 1.6 million visitors to their website. In preparation the group was holding enough stock to fill 64 Olympic size swimming pools, much of it stored at their Newark distribution centre which spans 1.5 million square feet, equal to 65 football pitches. They were also speculating that if all the large screen TV’s sold on Black Friday were stacked on top of each other they eclipse the Eiffel Tower 30 times over.
But it doesn’t stop there. If the pre-Christmas deals weren’t enough the retailer was also predicting a bumper Boxing Day. 2.3 million visitors were expected on their website placing 60,000 orders, this in addition to 1 million customers predicted in-store across the country.
So with all this influx of new technology into homes across the UK what of all the now obsolete or unused hardware it’s likely to replace? Even if it’s sold on, the likelihood is still that somewhere down the line hardware will be rendered surplus to requirements.
Disposing of this equipment safely and ethically is where Recycle IT 4U come in. Based in Telford, Shropshire, Recycle IT 4U was formed in 2004 to help organisations dispose of electronic equipment in an environmentally friendly manner and in accordance with all relevant legislation.
We are not a general waste disposal company. The senior managers at Recycle IT 4U each have over 20 years’ experience in the IT industry and are able to discern which items are suitable for our refurbishment programme. They are also fully aware of the importance of the secure disposal of data stored in whatever format.
The primary aim of Recycle IT 4U is to simplify the IT recycling process for you, whilst our corporate ethos is “To deliver an outstanding level of service while practicing secure and environmentally sound processes”.