See how YouRenew has revolutionized the recycling worldFebruary 22nd, 2010 | Customer Support,Featured,Interviews,News,Online & Small Business Resources,Small Business,Small Business Tips,Social Media | No Comments »
YouRenew was recently showcased on All Things Considered segment NPR. After frantically going to the website to determine the value of my drawer full of out-dated gadgets, I contacted YouRenew to tell us their adventure story. David Walker shares the exciting chronicles of the YouRenew journey with KikScore…
1. Tell us about YouRenew and who you focus on serving?
YouRenew is an electronics re-marketing and recycling company that allows individuals to sell back their used mobile electronics and keep them out of landfills. Customers across the country visit to find their devices, receive an instant price quote and download a free shipping label to send in their devices – once the devices arrive at the YouRenew facility, customers are sent a check within days.
We recently launched CorporateRenew, a service that allows businesses and other organizations to sell back their used cell phones and smart phones to enhance their environmental credibility while adding to their bottom lines. We have been gaining significant traction across the country with business in a wide variety of fields via our website.
2. How did the YouRenew website and recycle service come about?
YouRenew was founded in March of 2009 by Rich Littlehale and Bob Casey who believed that given a convenient opportunity and proper incentive, individuals and organizations want to do the right thing with their used mobile electronics. As only 10% of the discarded cell phones in the US were recycled in 2008, Rich and Bob saw tremendous opportunity to grow a business and make significant social change.
3. Where will YouRenew focus most of its energy in 2010?
In 2010 YouRenew and CorporateRenew will focus most of their energy on reaching out to individuals and organizations to let them know that there is a better alternative than the trash can. Both businesses and individuals are able to receive significant value for their used electronics and can take pride in knowing that they won’t end up in a landfill.
4. If you had 2 lessons learned from your business that you could pass on to others about offering an online service, what are those?
The best lesson we can pass on about having an online business is to be fully transparent to the customer. Individuals and business clients want to know exactly what we do with their used electronics, and we show them! Any business that believes in their service as we do at YouRenew and CorporateRenew should be transparent with their customers.
5. As 2010 begins, what do you see as 2 new trends in your business this year?
As 2010 begins we see a lot more individuals and businesses putting significant emphasis on environmental responsibility. This is a great trend for us as we offer a service that proves that being green is not just an environmentally beneficial decision, but is a financially beneficial decision as well.
6. If your business/store could be any movie or movie character, what movie/movie character would it be and why?
We would have to be Tom Kelly Jr. from Tommy Boy as we are young, creating jobs in Connecticut, and Tommy Boy is simply a great movie!
7. If YouRenew could have a token spokesperson for your company who would it be and why?
In the midst of the Winter Olympics, we would have to go with Apolo Anton Ohno as he revolutionized a niche sport and brought it to national fame. With e-waste just becoming a significant issue, we are revolutionizing the way individuals and organizations dispose of their used mobile devices.
8. Do you have any parting thoughts for our readers and the small business community?
Thanks YouRenew… now back to searching through my drawers. Please share any other recycling tips you’ve discovered.