• IT Supply Chain Insights – July 2018

Welcome to this monthly IT Supply Chain Insights. This monthly alert will keep you up to date with market trends and IT channel news giving you the knowledge you need to save time and money buying IT.


Executive Summary



The largest number of price increases happened on June the 11th, with 39,445.

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  • Smartphone shipments have fallen but sales have risen
  • Notebook shipments are in a continuous decline
  • TV panels attain growth

It was an intermingled month over the IT channel in June. Reports featured that cell phones have recorded a loss in volume, however, a general increment in price. Then, the PC shipments kept on declining, while wearable were on the increase with semiconductor revenue posting considerable YoY increase, and printer shipments kept on growing.

We altogether perceive that the IT supply chain is widely unpredictable, however these good and bad can likewise act as opportunities for IT category purchasers hoping to exploit key market influences and to procure the best item at the best cost &abs; price.


Exchange Rate


The Euro began with a poor start against the GBP in June, after tumbling down from 0.8769 to 0.8739 on June 2nd. It at that point rose to 0.8793 by June 7th preceding a hop to 0.8806 by June 11th. The Euro at that point had a hard drop, taking a seat at 0.8736 from June 15th-17th. Another ascent and fall was trailed by a progression of solid increments, with the Euro in the end topping at 0.8855 on June 29th, just to end the month at 0.8841.

British Pound (GBP) per 1 Euro (EUR)


It proceeded to have a worse time against the USD, with the Euro experiencing a number of pinnancles and troughs before coming back to where it began. It began the month at 1.1675, by June 7th it had rose to 1.808 then encountering a slight drop to 1.792 by June 11th. From that point, the Euro fell hard, hitting 1.1591 by June 15th and 1.1577 on June 20th-21st. A snappy bounce to 1.1675 on June 26th was ruined when the Euro tumbled to a month low of 1.566 by June 28th, recuperating to 1.1681 by June 30th.


US Dollar (USD) per 1 Euro (EUR)

Euro (EUR) per 1 British Pound (GBP)

US Dollar (USD) per 1 British Pound (GBP)

Price Changes and News Through June 2018


Phones and Tablets

IHS emphasized that iPhone X was the most worldwide shipped cell phone model in Q1 in 2018 with 12.7m unites, beating the iPhone 8 second place with 8.5m. Samsung’s Galaxy Grand Prime Plus receive the 3rd place with 8.3m units.

EMEA smartphone market showed a decrease in deliveries, but a growth in value for Q1 hitting 86.52m units with a sales cost of $29.96bn. Based on IDC, deliveries to just Western Europe significantly fell by 8.2% YoY to 29.21 units.

Traditional PCs

Based on PC Mag, PC’s are in a continuous decline QoQ ever since the 2nd quarter of 2012, down for 14 consecutive quarters to 61.7m units in Q1 2018, fell by 1.4% YoY. PC Mag showed that Lenovo, Dell and HP comprised 56.9% of all worldwide PC deliveries, up 2.4% YoY. Smaller companies such as Acer have been hurt the most, falling from 9.74m units in Q2 2012 to 3.82m units in Q1 2018.

Dell will be going public once more after 5 years of private ownership, Gigabyte has told investors they should expect a drop of 20% QoQ in GPU deliveries for Q2 to 1m units. Sharp will also acquire Toshiba’s PC business, that holds 0.6% of the worldwide market with 0.9m units delivered in 2017.

Premium Ultramobiles & Wearables

Worldwide wearable deliveries are up 1.2% YoY to 25.1m units for Q1 according to IDC. Apple topped the list with +13.5% YoY to 4m units and 16.1% market share, followed by Xiaomi (+2.3% to 3.7m & 14.8%), Fitbit (-28.1% to 2.2m & 8.7%), Huawei (+147% to 1.3m & 5.2%) and Garman (+9.1% to 1.3m & 5%).

IDC predicts worldwide wearable deliveries to reach 124.9m units for 2018, up 8.2% YoY, and to continue at 12.5% YoY to 2022. Smartwatches are anticipated to control the market and account for 44.6% of all wearables delivered by 2022.

Monthly Stats

The largest volume of new products coming onto the market occurred between June 8-10, with 30,420 products launched in a single day.

We also saw several price increases occur. The highest number of increases happened on June 11, with 39,445 price hikes occurring across a variety of product categories.

Knowledge of price increases and decreases means buyers can spot key patterns to secure products at the best price. For instance, price increases were at their lowest on June 5 with only 3,698 occurring that day. This is potentially an opportunity for buyers to secure products that might be at the end of their cycle – when suppliers are trying to shift items to make way for new stock.

New Products June 2018

Prices and Stock Movements June 2018


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