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Supply-chain Chaos

Why computer hardware ordered today may not arrive until 2022!

We live in an age where one-click of the mouse can bring almost anything to your doorstep in a day or two. However, the supply-chain for business and residential necessities are facing long delays for products like toilet tissue, furniture, computers many more items. If the pandemic has taught us anything, we see how doctors and nurses suffered through not having an adequate supply of masks, gloves, and other protective equipment as well as some medicines.

My focus, however, is on the technology side. Recently, I inquired about placing an order for a Dell PowerEdge T340 server and was told shipping would be 80 to 86 days out. In a recent report from CNN, Intel CEO said he believed the chip backlog would most likely last way into 2023. Datto, Inc., a world leading provider of cloud-based software and security solutions, posted on their site that network “switch line L24 and access points AP62 are no longer available in their online store due to COVID-19 impact on the global supply-chain.”

Why is this happening?

Peter Goodman, writing for The New York Times, explains it this way. “The pandemic has disrupted nearly every aspect of the global supply chain — that’s the usually invisible pathway of manufacturing, transportation and logistics that gets goods from where they are manufactured, mined or grown to where they are going. At the end of the chain is another company or a consumer who has paid for the finished product. Scarcity has caused the prices of many things to go higher.

Why couldn’t factories just product more?

Many companies did ramp up production but as Mr. Goodman reported, “this produced its own set of complications.”

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