Apple Online Store“It’s not just a cliché: Apple really does think different,” Elizabeth Woyke reports for Forbes. “The latest example: supply chain smarts. Though a number of analysts expect inventory problems to depress holiday sales of gadgets, Apple is believed to have insulated itself from such problems.”

“At issue is a dearth of electrical components and zealous inventory management policies, which industry insiders say will limit supplies of smartphones, MP3 players, game consoles and televisions this holiday season,” Woyke reports. “The shortage is anticipated to pinch retailers and manufacturers’ revenues and frustrate consumers who may not be able to buy hot devices.”

Woyke reports, “As a vendor of wildly popular, high-end consumer gadgets, Apple would seem to be particularly vulnerable. But experts say the company will have plentiful inventory thanks to its careful forecasts. ‘Apple is doing fine,’ says Jason Busch, the founder and Managing Director of advisory firm Azul Partners. Busch thinks Apple will avoid a holiday inventory crunch for three reasons: The first factor is smart forecasts… [2nd] is its heft… [and 3rd is] Apple’s focus on portable gadgets.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “James W.” for the heads up.]