Not even a fortnight has turned when Apple came out with its latest launch in iPad 2 and the distribution channel seems to have some obstacles in the way. The ‘Market Research Group IHS iSuppli’ revealed that the recent earthquake in Japan could cause shortage of Apple Inc.’s iPad 2 tablet computer.
Apparently, the launch which took place in the US on 2nd of March by the Company head Steve Jobs is due for release in other parts of the world including countries like Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Spain in Europe. The research company has identified at least 5 parts that come from Japan itself: storage and memory from Toshiba Corp. and Elpida Memory Inc., an electronic compass from AKM Semiconductor, touch-screen overlay glass from Asahi Glass Company and a battery from Apple Japan Inc. These suppliers are likely to be affected by the logistical problems in Japan, including intermittent supply of electricity and hurdles in transportation channel of raw materials.
iPad 2, one of the most sought after in the list of recently released gadgets, is already getting a good response in the US besides generating a huge demand from other parts worldwide.
With situation being highly tentative in Japan, there isn’t any set date as of now which spells normalcy to the distribution channel, however the marketing and the supply side of the company is making every effort to avoid any product deficiency far and wide.