Are there two supply chains for the iPhone 5s?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by 1981d, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. 1981d, Sep 26, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2013

    1981d macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2013
    Supply chain might be the wrong term, but I can't help but notice that as the online delivery dates keep slipping farther and farther towards November ( the month when champions are born, btw :) ) my local stores continue to receive steady shipments. At first I thought this was a delayed arrival of the initial order, but the more I think about it the more I find it hard to believe that Best Buy, Walmart, Apple Store, all carrier stores, Radio Shack, etc etc are going to sell out again this week and then have no more for 4-8 weeks. The BB's in my area keep switching between sold out to having inventory and back again, but now more and more have inventory. One near me that sold out on Friday had more than 12 16gb in stock last night at closing time. I'm just wondering if the stores won't be running over weeks before the November ship dates.

  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    You miss understand how it all works. Stock is shipped daily but there are allocation levels per channel.

    Basically some will be shipped to vendors.
    Some to stores then some to mail order so to speak.

    The dates on the website slip because demand is greater than supply.

    It would be silly in any business to focus all stock to on channel.

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