Electronic Device Refurbishment and Resale

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Overview

Saudi has a large electronic device waste market which averages ~2.7 billion. USD per year. The treatment and recycling of these devices has not yet been formally addressed, leaving a large opportunity for refurbishment of eligible devices, which covers approximately 45% of all devices. Herein lies the opportunity:

A global electronic device refurbishment and resale company to establish a regional hub in Saudi Arabia. This regional hub can conduct the following activities:

  1. Localization of website interface (i.e. Arabic translation)
  2. Develop regional strategy (e.g. buying/selling/pricing)
  3. Host in-house refurbishment team
  4. Operate a local fulfilment center

Saudi is uniquely positioned in this opportunity for the following reasons:

  1. Saudi is located centrally in the MENA region, giving it a strategic advantage as a hub for export
  2. Saudi is cost competitive compared to other global hubs, with low cost labor available to fill positions in logistics, refurbishment etc.
  3. There is currently limited competition, with only one other company present in the region selling used devices

Opportunity Timeline

Investment Start Date
Starting 2020

Opportunity Details

Information and Technology
Sector
E-waste
Sub sector
To be determined by the investor
Location
To be determined by the investor
Investment size
Starting 2020
Timeline

Investment Model

Model: Opportunity to consider different operating models:
  • Pure private sector investment
  • Joint venture with local player

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