For the past couple of years the tech world has been struggling with a huge shortage of chips.
However, it’s not just tech businesses that are feeling the impact.
It’s not just computers.
So many of the things we use every day contain a chip. Laptops and desktops of course. But also, household appliances, even our cars. It’s hard to find an electric device without a chip.
This shortage has the potential to disrupt our modern lives.
Did you know, it’s been going on since 2020 (that year really was a gift, wasn’t it)?
It started during the pandemic as production fell while demand went up.
Other events since have made it worse, including extreme weather, the Ukraine war, and a factory fire.
We’re told that increasing chip production isn’t easy. It can take years to build a new factory because of the unique production demands.
All of this is someone else’s problem. Right?
Let’s make it real to you – what does this actually mean for your business?
It means you need to plan ahead more.
Some of the technology you need to run your business may be in short supply.
As an example, getting large numbers of the same laptop might be difficult, compared to getting just 2 or 3.
And some of the essential devices you rarely think about as they’re in the background, such as network switches, are currently much harder to get. We’ve seen a 2 week lead time slip to 2 months, 6 months, and “sometime next year”.
As you push your business towards increased growth it means planning ahead more than ever before.
Industry experts expect the shortage to last into next year… and it could be even longer.
Would you like us to check your growth plans, so we can advise what might need to be ordered, when? Get in touch.