The microchip shortage or semi-conductor chip shortage has been a problem since 2020. It has impacted many industries from gaming, mobile phones, car production, laptop production etc. There are many reasons for this shortage, but the main reason is due to the pandemic lockdown which halted production then the sudden increase in demand which meant manufacturers could not keep up with order books.

If you are a large or SME business, then you understand how I.T equipment such as laptops are essential for your business operations.

Microchips are a set of electronic circuits on a small flat piece of silicon. They are essential for any electrical productivity from cars to laptops. If the machine does not have the microchips, it simply won’t work or will run inefficiently.

As, one can imagine this has impacted laptop production immensely. ACER commented in this article that “We have a severe shortage, and it’s not simply just to make sure every family has a device to use, every person has to have a device for working or education.” & Other large manufacturers have had similar issues.

This has had a knock-on effect on companies. Especially larger companies that need multiple laptops to replace old technology, for new recruits, events such as training or business conferences, disaster recovery for short-term hire/rental, or more recently working from home.

So, the impact of this chip shortage has had a detrimental impact on company is I.T operation capability.

The next logical question to ask is when will this chip shortage end and we go back to normal operations?

The short answer is nobody really knows. There are multiple sources saying 2022 and others saying 2023. So, and ongoing monitoring of the situation is key. For example, IBM’s boss has said “There’s just a big lag between from when a technology is developed and when [a fabrication plant] goes into construction and when chips come out,” Whitehurst told BBC world business news.

“So frankly, we are looking at couple of years … before we get enough incremental capacity online to alleviate all aspects of the chip shortage.”

“We’re going to have to look at reusing, extending the life of certain types of computing technologies, as well as accelerating investment in these [fabricating plants], to be able to as quickly as possible get more capacity online,” he said.

So, with no way of really knowing when this persistent problem will end. The best solution is to reduce or mitigate disruption as much as possible.

How Procure-Hire can help

If you are suffering a lack of I.T equipment such as laptops and tablets. You can use our state-of-the-art B2B marketplace to hire laptop or any other I.T equipment.

We have many brands from HP to Mac for you to choose from and many different specs for your laptop hire needs. You can compare the prices from different suppliers then select your chosen laptop. Therefore, saving you time and money.

By hiring a laptop or multiple laptops in this current climate you can mitigate your I.T problems because you won’t have to wait for a new stock of laptops and it is only short-term so hiring can help your business maintain maximum, performance.

Laptop rental can also be used for your corporate events such as training new delegates, graduation programmes, working from home and other commercial reasons where you would need a laptop for hire/rental purposes.

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