When will ipad be physically delivered to the Apple Stores

Discussion in 'iPad' started by LoganCircle, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. LoganCircle macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2010
    Washington, DC
    My question is not regarding as to when the ipad will be available to purchase in the stores, but moreso when they will actually be physically delivered to the stores.

    I'm curious to know if Apple will stick with their standard Tuesday night product delivery, and then just hold them until the friday they are available.

    Anybody working for Apple remember how that worked when the iphone first came out? Does product ever arrive on any other night but Tuesday?
  2. Iphoneness macrumors 6502


    Mar 19, 2010
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    it is available on Saturday
  3. LoganCircle thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2010
    Washington, DC
    My bad. Oops.
    Still have the same question though.

    Not wondering when it will be available, but when it is physically delivered to the Apple stores.
  4. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    Why would you care? Are you planning to hijack a shipment? YOU will not be able to get one until April 3.
  5. Abyssgh0st macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2009
    March 31st, 09:42:34AM Pacific Time Zone. I am positive.
  6. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    I agree, even if every Apple store received shipment this morning, packages are marked "NDA" and "Do not open until April 3rd", so it wouldn't matter.

    but to answer your question, it all depends on availability. I remember my local Apple Store received the first gen iPhone like 3 days in advance, but they received the iPhone 3GS that same morning that they went on sale.

    Location and Availability
  7. LoganCircle thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2010
    Washington, DC
    Haha. No no. Not looking to hijack, or get a hold of one beforehand.

    Just thinking about other mac products, actually. Thinking that perhaps if they are already shipping the ipad, they might save distribution costs by sending them out the same day the ipad comes in. Just speculating.

    Haha. Rather specfic there. Thanks for the details.
  8. Mactagonist macrumors 65816

    Feb 5, 2008
    NYC - Manhattan
    I think Apple will aim for delivery as close to the sale date as possible. The extra cost is justified to them by their need to make any inventory leaks more difficult.
  9. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    FedEx stops at the store near me every day except Sunday.

    Since the 24-hour US stores are closing at midnight Friday, I'd imagine that they'd have at least some of them in store by then to do the reset with.
  10. fishkorp macrumors 68020


    Apr 10, 2006
    Ellicott City, MD
    Not sure where you got the idea that they only get product on Tuesdays. Apple stores get shipments of product every day that delivery is available (so no Sundays or holidays), and even then there have been exceptions. Sometimes they get multiple shipments a day, depending on the store and time of year.

    I don't know about the 3G or the 3GS, but I know the first iPhone was delivered to the local store here 2 days before launch day.
  11. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    I wouldn't be surprised if there were a handful of "floor models" already on the way to Apple stores so they could do training and so forth before they go on sale.

    OTOH, I remember on other recent product launches the new toys showed up with older software and rather than run updates they simply put them out on display and ran the updates over the next night.

    In any event, there would be fewer on hand than those they actually intend to put on display. Another option is there are none on hand even for training and they all come in very early on launch day and some poor guy gets to unpack a few for displays and set them up on display mere hours before the store opens. With Fedex and UPS logistics, there really is no reason for any company to consider "staging" inventory for a product launch. Let's say there are 500,000 iPads available for pickup on launch day. Apple hasn't collected any money for them yet, so whatever they are worth is like leaving money sitting in a non-interest-bearing escrow account while they sit around waiting to be sold. These 500,000 iPads represent $250 million in inventory. Having them sit costs $27300 a day even if Apple can only manage to make 4 percent on their money. I bet Apple is more accustomed to making 20 percent on their money so it costs the company $139000/day just for iPads to "sit". And what does Apple gain? Nothing. But they endure added risk for every day they "sit" anywhere but in Apple's warehouse. This is how modern "logistics" companies like FedEX and UPS make money. They save companies millions of dollars by making sure costly inventory gets where it is needed when it is needed rather than before it is needed. Remember that footage of thieves breaking into an Apple store the night before an iPhone launch? Inventory management and time value of money is first year business school stuff so if there are tens of thousands of iPads "sitting" around Apple stores on Tuesday night waiting to be sold on Saturday, look for some mid-level manager to be fired soon thereafter.
  12. diabolic macrumors 68000

    Jun 13, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    For some of the past product launches the sales training has happened either the night before or just before the store opens for the launch.
  13. LoganCircle thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2010
    Washington, DC
    Thanks all. Think my question's been answered.
  14. AJsAWiz macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2007

    LOL :p
  15. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY

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