Tuesday, March 06, 2012

iPad HD shipments strain delivery company capacities

It's well known that Apple's iPhone and iPad products, among other things, mean the Cupertino, Calif.-based company has "cornered the market" in terms of flash memory orders. Now we see that the iPad HD (not 3) launch is wreaking havoc on shipping from China, where Apple's devices, and just about everyone else's, are built.

Two separate reports show that Apple's iPad isn't just shaking up the tablet market, it's shaking up the shipping market. According to AppleInsider, DHL air cargo pricing has seen a significant rise, as a major Apple shipment from China to the U.S. is taking up freight capacity on cargo flights from Asia.

Meanwhile, MacRumors reports similar news. Shipping rates have risen as much as 20 percent within the past week.

Two different shipping representatives for other, non-Apple companies, reported difficulty with getting their deliveries made. Shipping through their normal channels and normal carriers have been increasingly difficult, if not impossible, with Apple willing top pay premium prices for its own freight.

Apple is obviously staging a large amount of inventory for its iPad HD launch. When it will be available at retail remains to be seen.

In 2010, Apple announced the iPad 2 on March 2nd, with the device becoming publicly available in the U.S. just over a week later on March 11. If Apple were to follow the same release schedule for the iPad HD, the new device could go on sale on Friday, March 16th.

In 2010, however, Apple did not allow any online pre-orders. The hope by many is that Apple will relent this year, as that will ease the strain at brick-and-mortar retailers.

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