What, Why, When, and How of Product Destruction
Eventually, every business must deal with outdated merchandise, defective products, and expired materials. Do you send yours to a landfill or recycling facility? In this blog, we explain best practices for product destruction.
What is Product Destruction?
A product destruction service ensures your end-of-life and defective products are securely removed from your distribution channel. A product destruction service prevents recalled, returned, expired, and mislabeled products from being scavenged from your dumpster. On a scheduled basis, your product destruction provider destroys these items on-site at your business. Afterwards, they provide you with a Certificate of Destruction.
Why Product Destruction?
Improper disposal of defective, outdated and recalled products can damage your brand identity and increase your liability exposure. When outdated merchandise or faulty products are discarded in trash and recycling bins, they may land on the gray market for unauthorized resale. Consumers who buy illegally-sold branded items often link them with inferior, low-quality, and unsafe companies. A product destruction service prevents your unwanted products from being illegally sold, protects your brand, and reduces non-compliance risks.
When Should You Destroy Products?
Defective, expired, and unsafe products should be removed from the supply chain as soon as possible. Companies must provide documentation to prove they removed recalled items from circulation. Companies that do not meet this requirement may face civil and/or criminal penalties levied by The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and National Highway Traffic Safety Commission (NHTSC).
How Should You Destroy Products?
A product destruction provider can offer one-time product destruction services or set up regularly-scheduled visits to your location to meet your needs. For every product destruction project, a certified, insured professional, wearing a photo ID collects your items following a strict chain of custody protocol. They destroy your products on your premises with a state-of-the art mobile shredding truck. Whether you have prototypes, identification cards, or recalled merchandise, a product destruction service offers a solution for every need.
As you can see, product destruction is an important component of a corporate information security strategy.
Land Shark Shredding offers product destruction services in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, and Orlando, FL.
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