As you know from Recycling Today Media Group Publisher Jim Keefe’s column on the opposite page, this is the final issue of Storage & Destruction Business magazine that our media group will publish, making this one of the most difficult columns I’ve written in the many years I’ve served as editor of this title.
First, I want to thank our readers and advertisers for their support over the years. It’s been a pleasure to get to know you and your businesses and to serve you. I appreciate the openness of operators in the records and information management sector and their eagerness to share what they know with others. It truly is a unique aspect of this industry and the primary reason covering this sector has been so enjoyable for me throughout the years.
Second, as Jim notes, the Recycling Today Media Group is not completely walking away from the secure destruction industry, which we started reporting on years ago through our flagship magazine, Recycling Today. Through this magazine and website, we will continue to share secure destruction industry news, so I invite you to keep contacting me with information about your acquisitions, product and service launches and other news.
Recycling Today also will continue its coverage of the information technology asset disposition (ITAD) and electronics recycling sectors and their unique data security challenges, which seem to grow in complexity as the volume of data stored on devices grows and as these devices become more ingrained in our everyday lives. Although it’s hard to imagine it’s possible for electronic devices to become any more ingrained in our lives than they currently are, I’m sure technology developers will find a way.
The records and information management industry has a bright future ahead of it, though the storage of boxes of printed documents will decline as time wears on in favor of digital information storage and management. I know a number of innovative companies and business owners will continue to expand their services to make up for this declining hard copy volume. I’ll be interested to see how the industry develops, though I’ll be doing it from the bleachers from this point on. From my place there, know that I’ll be wishing you well.
Thank you for the fond memories; I truly cherish the friendships that I’ve made in this industry and encourage you to keep in touch.