By now you’ve probably heard the news or you’ve experienced it first-hand: the technology industry is facing major supply chain disruptions and unprecedented demands that are causing significant increases in lead times to receive new products.
If you need to purchase new technologies or you’re planning to do so in the coming weeks or months, make sure to plan accordingly because lead times can be as long as 12 weeks or more for certain products. The delays aren’t limited to laptops, monitors, cameras, peripherals and accessories for home office use, which have seen an enormous surge in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lead times are also much longer than normal for mobile computers, tablets, industrial barcode scanners, barcode and RFID printers, and other enterprise technologies. This is because businesses are investing in these solutions in record numbers to automate more processes, create more efficiency, operate with reduced labor, and keep up with demand for their own products and services.
Device manufacturers are working hard to keep up with demand, but production and shipping disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic have complicated things significantly. Accessories such as chargers, power supplies, mounting arms and device docks are some of the most challenging products right now, and it can currently take 12 weeks or more to receive some of these items.
Barcode printing and RFID supplies are also experiencing higher lead times, so we suggest that you order supplies much earlier than you normally do. Don’t wait until your supplies are about to run out!
Fortunately, if you plan ahead and act quickly, you can still get many devices, accessories, and supplies within manageable lead times. Just make sure you know the potential lead times for any products you want to buy, and work with our team at TPI to get a head start and figure out the best plan and options for your business.
Also, another key factor to keep in mind is pricing and cost. Due to unprecedented demand and cost increases involving semiconductors, LCDs, copper, glass, resin, PCBs and other raw materials that are used in many enterprise and consumer technologies, hardware prices have been going up. Cargo rates have also been on the rise, which further increases the costs to get products to customers.
As a result, manufacturers such as Zebra have been forced to increase prices to offset these costs, and Zebra recently implemented a new pricing structure that went into effect on September 13, 2021.
The list prices on certain devices have gone up by 3.5%, while support service list prices have increased by 2%, and prices for mobile computing and scanning accessories have increased by 5.5%. But the good news is that these price increases don’t necessarily affect every product, and Zebra also has a fantastic GO Zebra trade-in program that allows businesses to trade in qualifying devices, including select non-Zebra products, and get rebates of up to hundreds of dollars per device for barcode and RFID printers as well as mobile computers. Select barcode scanners and accessories are also eligible for the program, which runs through December 31, 2021, so now is a good time to look into how much you can save.
By planning ahead and trading in your aging and outdated devices, you can potentially save far more money than any price increases might cost you. Our team at TPI will also work with you to provide best available pricing and look for ways to cut your costs and lead times even further.
It all starts with a simple phone call or email, so reach out to us right now at 888-488-4244, or use our contact page to send us an email, and we’d be glad to help.