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Apple is Already Facing Supply Chain Disruptions with the iPhone7

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Sep 12, 2016 10:20:00 AM


     This isn't the first time Apple has been unable to cope with the rising demand for their newest product. Back in April 2015 - when the iWatch first came out - Apple was already facing some supply chain issues. The pre-order time frame was just fourteen days, and as the orders kept piling up, the delivery date kept being pushed further and further back.

     Pre-orders for the iPhone7 now have an estimated delivery date of late October, even if the phone is due out on September 16. Pre-orders for the more popular colors - like the new jet black iPhone7 - have been pushed back to November. 

     Industry analysts believe supply chain disruptions are the root cause behind the delays. The essentials that make up the iPhone, including the screen, the case, and the electronic components that all go into it are in short supply.

     Not that it harms Apple's sales. High demand and short supply are the perfect ingredients to ensure the steady sale of the newest flagship product.

     The price tag for the iPhone7 will remain the same. $649 for the iPhone7 and $769 for the iPhone7 Plus.

     The biggest technical improvements include water resistance which means your phone is protected against spills, splashes and dust. Just don't submerge it. 

     The other great feature only comes in the iPhone7 Plus. The iPhone7 has two cameras, the 12MP wide angle camera and the telephoto camera. The two cameras work together to provide you with a higher-quality zoom and a greater depth to your photos.

     The most controversial new change is the decision to forgo the headphone jack. There's no headphone jack. Your ear buds - AirPods - are wireless and will cost an additional $159.

     Now if you are in the supply chain business, what are some steps that you can take to avoid disruptions? After all, back orders can be a nightmare of sorts. It means missed opportunities, unhappy customers, and a stagnant work force.


Here are 4 great tips to avoid any supply chain disruptions.


1) Keep an eye on the electronic components you use for your build.

Most major suppliers - such as Avnet or Digikey - have their inventory right online so you know the exact amount that's in stock.

2) Make a friend at your supply center.

If they know of any manufacturing issues, tell them to drop a line so you can always be prepared for the inevitable

3) Purchase in excess.

This isn't the most preferable option. First, it's expensive since you need to buy more than what you plan on using. Second, often times, you are left with excess you might never use.

4) Rely on a trusted supplier for your electronic components.

Here are the benefits of dealing with EarthTron. 

First, EarthTron has been around since 2008 so it's not a new company and the senior employees have been in the electronics industry since the 1990s. EarthTron is franchised for several manufacturers, including Bomar Crystals and Transcend MicroSD cards but we also have the ability to sell other lines, including Altera and Xilinx.

We have several industry-level certifications, including ERAI, D&B listed, and JEDEC. EarthTron was also named to Inc 500|5000's list of fastest growing companies. 


What's the best part? We can save you at least 15% off your next electronic components, especially on FPGA (including Altera FPGA and Xilinx FPGA).

Our parts are guaranteed for fit, form and function.

We also deal with OEM excess, meaning that we have access to other supply chain sources. If you are looking for parts on a long lead time, obsolete electronic components, or any electronic components with a supply chain disruption, we should be the first source you consult.


To learn more about how to avoid supply chain disruptions, download the free eBook"TOP 5 FREE RESOURCES FOR PREVENTING ELECTRONIC COMPONENT SHORTAGES." 


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Topics: Supply Chain, Supply Chain Management

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