There was a sudden shortage of laptops during the early stages of the global coronavirus pandemic
It now seems that vendors are finally beginning to recover. According to technology analyst firm Canalyst, businesses are starting to bounce back, despite the overwhelming demand for laptops as the pandemic continues to rage on
“Vendors, the supply chain, and the channel have now had time to find their feet and allocate resources towards supplying notebooks, which continue to see massive demand from both businesses and consumers,” said Canalys analyst Ishan Dutt via statement.
According to the data, computer manufacturers collectively shipped 79 million PCs in the third quarter of 2020 alone. This effort was led by Lenovo, which shipped the most units during that time period to the tune of 19.3 million (an overall 11 percent increase from 2019). HP and Dell rounded up the top three slots at 18.6 million and 11.9 million units respectively.
Now that the PC business appears to have its foot in the door in terms of springing back to life, buyers should have a much easier time of procuring the laptops and workstations they need. Given that so many find themselves working at home now, it was initially difficult for the supply chain to meet the sudden uptick for massive numbers of computers. As a result, there was a whopping 12.3 percent decline in PC shipments during 2020’s first quarter.
As analyst Dutt agrees, PC spending (as well as investing in tech overall) will be a “core driver of economic recoveries in the aftermath of the pandemic.” With COVID-19 cases still on the rise in many locations, the need for workers to remain at home still exists. We’ll likely continue to see an uptick in terms of units moved going forward.