The spike in videoconferencing calls triggered by global blockages related to the coronavirus triggered a spike in demand in home office equipment, with Logitech saying it no longer has webcams.
E-commerce tracking company CommerceIQ revealed that 80% of views on webcam product pages in major online stores showed that the item was out of stock for more than two weeks now – they were out of stock over the weekend of May 9.
“Now I think people are slowly starting to realize that this is a new normal … they are realizing that they have to prepare for a new normal,” said Guru Hariharan , CEO of CommerceIQ, who said he noted a noticeable change. from purchasing food in the early stages of the pandemic to acquiring essential items at home.
And no product has experienced the same type of demand as webcams in the past two months. People who had turned to smaller mobile devices turned to the old trusted webcams, because homeworkers felt that an additional camera was much easier to manage than the perforated cameras on the phones or integrated into laptops.
Logitech CEO Bracken Darrell told analysts last week that it had taken several weeks to bring production back to pre-pandemic levels and that they were on the verge of catching up on certain categories, including webcams.
The monitoring company also noted an increase in demand for keyboards, monitors and office chairs, as more and more people working from home felt the need for suitable office space that they did not have. planned a few months ago. Manufacturers then struggled to keep up with growing demand, with factories and inventories of Covid-19 being closed in two quick steps.
However, things are improving, as supplies for laptops and keyboards are improving. Mikako Kitagawa of the Gartner consulting firm was quoted in the Washington Post as saying that laptops are catching up after a shortfall in March.
However, Kitagawa thinks that things would take longer to normalize. Laptops are made in China, as are certain components that, once ready, still required commercial flights to be shipped worldwide. And those that were shipped had to be assembled for local markets where there weren't enough people.
As for Amazon and Best Buy, they are struggling to erase back orders four weeks ago while some third-party sites offer them at double their original prices.
Via: Washington Post