Apple appoints veteran executive to revive sluggish India sales as supply issues hamper iPhone X launch

“In a sudden development, Apple has appointed veteran company executive Michel Coulomb as new head of sales for India – a country where the Cupertino-based iPhone maker is trying hard to ramp up its numbers,” Indo-Asian News Service reports. “Coulomb will replace current country head Sanjay Kaul who has moved on, industry sources said on Tuesday, adding that Kaul, who was elevated as country head in May last year, stepped down with an immediate effect.”

“According to Coulomb’s LinkedIn profile, he earlier led Apple’s operations in Middle East, Turkey and Africa before moving into Singapore last year as managing director for Apple in South Asia. Coulomb has been with the Apple since 2003,” IANS reports. “Kaul’s resignation comes at a time when Apple is trying to improve its sales numbers – including iPhone X – in the country.”

“‘Apple has been under pressure since the iPhone X launch as supply issues hampered its sales in India. Although we can’t link Kaul’s resignation with this yet but yes, the company has had sluggish sales in recent months,’ Jaipal Singh, senior analyst, IDC India, said,” IANS reports. “Apple introduced its much-awaited iPhone X in India on November 3 amid heavy demand but only a few from those who had pre-booked it in the first slot received their units as retailers and online players were handed over a thin supply… According to industry analysts, the waiting period was going to be at least five to seven weeks for those who didn’t book the device in the first slot.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Can’t sell ’em, if you can’t make ’em.

More often than should be the case for the world’s richest, most profitable company, Apple succeeds in spite of itself.

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      1. Maybe, Fred, you comment was meant to be sarcasm, but the reality is Apple is selling approximately one million iPhones a day across all 16 models it is currently selling.

        We’ve been hearing stories of constrained availability during the first few months of new iPhones shipping since the first iPhones started shipping over a decade ago. Many of these reports/rumors turn out not to be as extreme as reported once reality sets in.

        Further, the recent negotiations on Indian import tariffs very likely had something to do with delaying sending stockpiles of iPhones into India. If the availability of iPhones in India does not improve in the next two to three weeks, then we can start blaming Apple’s senior staff for yet another product availability problem.

  1. “More often than should be the case for the world’s richest, most profitable company, Apple succeeds in spite of itself.”

    If only they could reach the high standards and constant success of other rich, profitable companies, such as Microscum, Samcopy, Facebook, Google.

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