Analyst: Apple well-positioned to avoid Christmas inventory crunch

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.”

Read more in the full article here.

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

32 Comments

  1. Mark,
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  2. Mark,
    You have to be delusional… or clueless (or both)
    One, ubuntu is not equivilant to OS X funcitonality wise, not even close. Second; ubuntu runs like a pig on netbooks.
    You can’t even run hulu at standard def. for crying out loud.
    You can run one of the super fast ultra light (ram based) Debian variant’s (ubuntu is also based on deb) like Puppy where you can actually run hulu fullscreen at 30fps (without stuttering) but it will run the processor at a constant ~100% duty to do it, So… it #1 it typically overheats if the ambient temp is above 72° and #2 sucks the batteries dry fairly quickly. A netbook running ubuntu can’t even keep up with an iPad performance wise, much less a macbook running OS X (they aren’t even in the same league)

    An old german saying for you and your $290 netbook:
    If you want clean fresh oats expect to pay a fair price, on the other hand if you are willing to accept them after they have been through the horse, the price will be considerably less. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  3. Apple didn’t get hit by the recession. Suppliers cooled off production, and are now behind the market. Apple probably kept some of the going. That and strategic purchases mean Apple gets to keep producing gear while others fight over supply.

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