Avoid Supply Chain Delays for IT Hardware

We Have Inventory Ready to Ship! During this difficult time, we have extensive hardware inventory in stock that we can ship out to you today – no need to deal with extended lead times. Cisco and the other OEMS are experiencing severe supply chain delays, some in excess of 50-70 weeks. Material shortages across the semiconductor industry, coupled with global logistical challenges have been dramatically affecting IT hardware lead times. Even the largest OEMs project that it will take months or more to fill standard orders, leaving customers without an immediate solution. No matter your industry, waiting “just a few months” for essential hardware usually isn’t an option.

Let’s look inside the supply chain and shed some light on our solutions.

Businesses have been forced to reevaluate their spend more than ever before.

Businesses have been forced to reevaluate their spend more than ever before. As a result, many organizations are looking to optimize their operational budgets. However, there’s one area that often gets overlooked when it comes to cost-saving initiatives: the supply chain.

What is the supply chain? The supply chain refers to all of the processes involved in taking a product from its creation (through manufacturing) until it reaches the end user. Many organizations look at each step of this process as a separate entity—and therefore fail to see how an issue with one can affect all of them. While such an oversight may not seem like a big deal, it is when you consider how much money and time goes into creating ne

Threats are everywhere: natural disasters, geopolitical instability, and domestic trade barriers.

Supply chains are under assault from more angles than ever. It’s a complex, interconnected world, which makes it easier for an emergency on the other side of the globe to have unintended consequences on your operations. Natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, or hurricanes can interrupt supply chains; trade barriers can limit or prohibit the import of goods and raw materials; geopolitical instability can disrupt the supply of raw materials.

These disruptions often lead to equipment shortages that drive up costs and cause delays – but they don’t have to! With a healthy dose of planning and forethought you can reduce your exposure to these risks, leaving you with a leaner and more resilient supply chain — one that will serve you well in good times and bad.

OEMs are not always transparent about material constraints and suppliers.

OEMs are not always transparent about material constraints and suppliers. In most cases, they do not want to reveal who their key suppliers are in order to protect their competitive advantage. OEMs often use multiple suppliers to ensure supply chain continuity and avoid delays in the event of a supply interruption. For example, an OEM might engage five different vendors to manufacture plastic components for a printer to avoid shortages should one vendor experience problems fulfilling its obligation. In some cases, the quality of components varies among different vendors. If you are aware of material or manufacturing issues associated with certain brands and products, you may be able to mitigate disruptions by specifying that only certain products be used for your business-critical systems.

Companies should look for global supply chain partners with the expertise and ability to support complex manufacturing operations.

  • Look for partners with the expertise and ability to support complex manufacturing operations, as well as the flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances, timelines and business objectives.
  • Make sure your partner can communicate with you in your language, but also has local-language capabilities to be able to communicate with suppliers intimately on your behalf.
  • Ensure that they have the global reach required for manufacturing across multiple countries, dealing with multiple OEMs and working closely with distribution channels.

Look for industry certifications that demonstrate supplier competencies and compliance.

To ensure your organization is getting the best product and service at the best price, it is important to work with suppliers that have been properly vetted. Look for industry certifications that demonstrate supplier competencies and compliance.

By improving manufacturing processes, these standards can also help reduce unreliable suppliers and increase the quality of your products. For example, to earn ISO 9001 certification, a company must prove that it has implemented a quality management system (QMS), which demonstrates that the company produces a consistent product or service of high-quality.

On top of this standard, there are many other certifications in various industries that provide specific guidance on how to properly manufacture products and provide services consistently. For example:

  • Companies within the automotive industry can earn an ISO/TS 16949 certification to show their ability to produce high-quality products consistently.
  • Suppliers in the aerospace industry can utilize an AS 9100 certification to prove they have developed exceptional capabilities in managing risk throughout the supply chain.
  • Organizations in medical device manufacturing should look for ISO 13485 certified suppliers who can meet their unique requirements and comply with government regulations around patient safety.

Making sure you have a supply chain partner that can manage the most difficult problems is essential to ensure a reliable supply of your IT hardware needs.

  • You will need the right partner who can work with you to create a strategy that ensures your parts are in stock and available when needed. A supply chain partner must be able to get parts quickly and have the right inventory on hand.
  • Your partners should offer certifications such as TL9000, ISO 9001:2008 and U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). Having these certifications indicates your partners have quality control processes in place that can ensure your products meet standards for storage and transportation. Worldwide Supply maintains all three.

During our time in business, we have built long-lasting relationships with supply partners across the world. This has enabled us access to a robust supplier base that may not be available elsewhere. If you are looking for a specific product or solution, let us know and we will do our best to track it down for you.

We offer:

  • Lifetime warranty on refurbished parts and configurations
  • Thoroughly tested parts, guaranteed to work upon installation
  • Extended maintenance for systems abandoned by OEM

Also remember, we are always purchasing surplus IT equipment. Let us know if you have any decommissioned hardware assets.

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