The consequences of the global chip shortage have spread like an oil slick recently. In addition to the automotive industry, manufacturers of household appliances and consumer electronics are also affected.
An inventory of the NOS among Dutch retailers shows that one party is not aware of it, while the other is severely affected. “The delivery time of products has never been so bad,” says Hans Peter Rietveld, responsible for the Dutch stores at the audio specialist Hifi Klubben. “Our purchasing and planning is in Denmark, I can imagine it is a crisis there every day.”
According to Rietveld, speaker manufacturer Sonos is very bothered by it. The manufacturer confirms this but says the situation is improving. Nintendo has warned that the shortages could hit the Switch game console.
Franchise chain White goods specialist says that dishwashers in particular are difficult to get. Ed Bindels, CEO of Apple retailer Amac, sees delays in the delivery of laptops and desktop computers that have self-designed chips from the manufacturer on board. Bol.com also has stock problems.
According to Stefan Verhoeven, director of Miele Netherlands and chairman of the trade association for household appliances, the industry is surprised by the increased demand. Verhoeven says that customers should expect longer delivery times until after the summer.