Expect shipping delays from Cisco, Dell and HP due to Thai flooding!
Thailand’s worst flooding in at least five decades has claimed 564 lives since July. While most of Bangkok’s central business district remains dry, manufacturers who supply parts to Seagate and other Thai computer disk drive and parts manufacturers are having difficulty and the flooding is causing shipping delays.
In October Seagate Technology PLC and Western Digital Corporation indicated that the flooding will have significant impact on their operations and ability to meet customer demand the rest of the year.
Other manufacturers including Fabrinet, Emcore, Digi International, LSI and JDS Uniphase which make items from semiconductors to communications products say that flooding has shut down some of their plants and also expect major delays.
This has led Cisco, Dell, Lenovo and others to predict that even with contingency plans, delays will be felt for several quarters.
What are your contingency plans?
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