Retailers are complaining about HDTV shortages and spot shortages in other areas. What’s the prognosis for product availability in the second half?
Warren Chaiken, president/COO, Almo:
While some manufacturers were later than usual with new product deliveries, we are not seeing an overall HDTV shortage. What we are seeing are very specific shortages in 720p plasma [and some] screen sizes. We expect these items to remain tight for the second half and are in the process of securing other options for our customers.
David Kaplan, executive director, Digital Delivery Group:
We’ve experienced product shortages in televisions as vendors proceed through this year’s new model line transitions coupled with a few shortages elsewhere due to some hot new products and some unexpected upticks in demand. The economy and consumer’s desire to spend (or not to spend) is a variable we cannot control but I think product availability overall will be reasonably good in the second half.
Mark A. Gustavson, executive director/ marketing and communication, WYNIT:
If there is a “bright spot” in the CE space, it revolves around video, and is primarily driven by the increased penetration of in-home Wi-Fi, as well as social media and other convergent technologies. We have seen some availability issues with products that enable users to easily capture, edit and share video content, but expect manufacturers to respond well over the summer, gearing up for fall buying season.
Jeff Davis, sales senior VP at D&H Distributing:
At the distribution level, 720pbranded product is showing itself to be in tight supply. Vendors have expressed that will continue well into the summer. 3D product is also very constrained, with no immediate relief in sight.
Dennis Holzer, executive director, PowerHouse Alliance:
There have been shortages throughout the industry, but more so in HDTV. At a time, when business has increased, these shortages have hurt, but more importantly caught most by surprise. We are being told that product allocations will increase in the second half, but we also expect our business to continually increase. With that said, our members have increased their orders and have planned accordingly in all categories so they don’t get caught short, and our customers can be confident they will have the access to the product when needed.
Fred Towns, sales and marketing senior VP, New Age Electronics:
Yes, there have been HDTV shortages, and we’ve seen it across multiple brands. Manufacturer partners have been watching there inventory carefully, and by late summer we expect to be ramped up to meet the holiday demand across all brands and all technologies.
Doug Robison, president, DSI Systems:
The primary issues are 32-inch panels and 720p plasma. They are both in high demand, and supply is very tight. I think that the 32-inch problem will get much better in the second half, but 720p plasma could be tough all year.