Surprisingly Ito me at least), even my 13 PM took 5 days AFTER Apple shipped it from their China manufacturing location and it had cleared the Chinese government to be released…before UPS Worldwide loaded it on a U.S. bound flight!
What’s up with that kind of stuff? That’s just logistics…not supply chain, etc. UPS just told me “we won’t load and ship it from China until we receive “everything” from Apple”…whatever that means.
The ships to take stuff from China when they arrive in port are required by the government to wait one week before making landfall to ensure they are no COVID cases on board. This in turn means it takes longer for them to unload and then re-load to bring it in to the US. Similar things are happening at ports across the world.
That is usually true…however this time they estimated my 13 Pro Max between Oct 6 and Oct 12…and I received it Oct 10. However, as I said in another comment, this was as much on UPS as it was on Apple!
Shipping delays are about more than Covid shutdowns these days. There’s also worker shortages, imbalances in shipping containers, port backlogs, component backlogs and shortages … I’m sure I’m missing a few things.
They also sanitize the items to prevent Covid transfer and quarantine for a period of time.
I experienced having to wait for 3 months for an iPhone X. Ordered it a week after launch. My Macbook Pro 16", ordered January 3rd week, 2020 got it by March before lockdown happens.
I ordered a Magsafe and an iPhone 13 last week. Magsafe is just in Singapore but it will take 16 days to arrive. Its already in a warehouse but currently on hold for the past 5 days. The iPhone will be delivered in 23 days. Apple Watch delivery estimate is December 16.
Is Singapore like the US in that if you can often avoid the wait of online ordering by just going in the store? I don’t know about iPhones, but with last year’s watch, it was back-ordered for 3 weeks but my local stores were getting them in a few days a week. I just walked in and got one.
It’s a pain because you have to have the time to go into the store multiple times looking for one, but it has paid off for me.
One problem is california passed Bill 5 AB which means that truckers cannot be classified as independent contractors. They must be “employees”. Estimates are that california lost 75,000 truckers because of this overreach.
We can also add that the unions in california fought and are still fighting 24/7 port operations. Ports should have been 24/7 even before the pandemic.
and anyone expecting FedEx to help fix anything is in for a rude awakening. thanks to oursourcing, FedEx cannot even move their own cargo in a timely manner.
I recently learned, much to my surprise, that a substantial portion of air freight travels in the bellies of passenger flights. When there are fewer of those—as there have been throughout the Covid-19 pandemic—there’s less air freight capacity overall.
If you’re up for supply chain nerdery, I can’t recommend Bloomberg’s Odd Lots podcast highly enough. (There’s lots of de-fi and central bank nerdery, too.)