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Logistics UK is one of the biggest business groups in the UK, supporting, shaping, and standing up for efficient logistics. It is the only business group in the UK that represents all of logistics, with members from the road, rail, sea, and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods.

The organisation offers a range of services including vehicle inspection service, training, tachograph solutions, consulting and standards, supply chain, events, custom declaration software, recruitment support and much more to its over 18,000 UK members.

Nigel Smart, Director of IT & Development and Sean Reeve, IT support manager are based at the company’s Tunbridge Wells head office.  When it comes to IT asset disposal (ITAD), Logistics UK is driven by a desire for high standards and security and the company has been working with Stone Group for several years.

Stone Group tick all our boxes

“We have worked with several companies in this field but Stone Group tick all our boxes when meeting our rigorous standards of asset disposal,” said Nigel. “From collection of our equipment in a secure van to safe erasure of data, we know we can rely on Stone Group.”

Stone has an award-winning, secure recycling facility based at its Staffordshire HQ where fully accredited facilities and comprehensive certifications provide peace of mind to companies such as Logistics UK. The facility WEEE accreditations include ISO 27001: Information Security Management, ADISA Distinction, DIPCOG and Cyber Essentials.  Further assurance is provided to Logistics UK in the form of a full audit report and certificate of disposal. Logistics UK also boasts ISO 27001 certification and has confidence that Stone Group’s procedures help it to retain this quality standard.

Logistics UK work with Stone Group on a regular basis as the company refresh its entire estate over a 3-year lifecycle.  However, even with these planned refreshes sometimes the company will also require ad-hoc IT disposal. Stone group collect items from the Tunbridge Wells head office and it is usually a substantial amount of equipment – often around 150 pieces including laptops, desktops, routers, cables and other ancillaries.

"Stone Group approach and manner is first class. We always recommend Stone Group to other businesses as Stone ITAD makes our life so much easier."

Nigel Smart, Director of IT & Development

Complete traceability as standard

Sean said: “Stone basically collect anything with a plug on!  The process could not be simpler, I will inventory what is to be picked up, we arrange a collection time and date and then Stone collect it all for free using their own GPS tracked vehicles.  They will then let me have all the necessary documents and will even itemise every piece for me so that I can ensure it’s the same as the list at my end. It’s a very efficient and smooth process.

The process has become even more straightforward thanks to the development of the Stone 360® app. This bespoke app works to make recycling even easier and allows Sean to upload his inventory on the app rather than a PC and an additional bonus is that Stone Group promise to plant trees based on the amount of points Logistics UK earn from its recycling.

CSR is important to our business

Nigel adds: “The financial rebates we have had from Stone taking our kit and repurposing it have been substantial – thousands of pounds over the years.  These monies will generally be used to purchase additional IT equipment but the sustainability side is really important too.

“Logistics UK strives to promote responsible conduct by reducing our carbon footprint through efficient resource use such as recycling and by considering the impact of our day to day activities on the environment in which we operate. Using Stone is a plus for our corporate social responsibility and we love the fact we can talk about how many trees we have planted thanks to their scheme.”

Sean said that working with Stone group is really easy and he has already recommended Stone services to other businesses.

“We find Stone personnel responsive, accommodating and pleasant to work with.  Their standards are just as high as ours which gives us total confidence in having them as our ITAD partner.”

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