How we helped Colt save $1m a year with sustainable IT.

Lowering procurement time and costs by adopting circular approaches to IT.

Cost saving
Through Cisco certified remanufactured they’ve saved over $1m a year in IT costs.
Reduction in lead time
By creating the most sustainable IT supply chain in Europe.
Savings made in a 12 month period, alongside a 70% reduction in raw minerals

About Colt

Headquartered in London, Colt is a global digital infrastructure company that delivers extraordinary connections. Delivering industry-leading customer experience, Colt is guided by its dedication to customer innovation, by its values and its responsibility to its customers, partners, people and planet.

The challenges

Colt turned to Circularity First to help them with two key challenges:

One of Colt’s key differentiators is that they are aiming to raise the bar on tech and sustainability. With this in mind IT procurement had to align its procurement practices and sustainability targets.

The procurement of IT equipment quickly. This needs to happen without increasing costs so they can remain competitive in the market.

Refining the supply chain

Circularity First worked with Colt, advising them on how a circular approach to IT could be utilised to make their IT supply chain slicker and more cost effective. This included:

A process for forecasting future demand and enabling accurate pre-staging of the equipment needed.

A just-in-time supply chain that seamlessly blends Refresh, Cisco's certified remanufactured IT, with new equipment. Sourced through Cistor, part of the Circularity First Group, this allows for shorter lead times and greater resilience, without compromising on value.

The take-back and remanufacturing of existing equipment from Colt to extend its working life.

"The remanufactured IT market can be challenging and as an authorised reseller, the quality guarantee from Cistor gives us welcome peace of mind. They helped us a create a resilient supply chain through their proactive approach to sourcing items we need"

Keri Gilder CEO, Colt

The results

The implementation of these solutions has resulted in several benefits for Colt. It helped them create the most sustainable IT supply chain in Europe and reduced their lead time for new equipment from ten days to one. All of this while maintaining annual savings of $1 million.

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