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Data centre inventory tools have come around again? Yup, they have

BMC's betting that despite decades of lecturing about the importance of accurate inventories of your servers and networks, you haven't learned the lesson and are still losing tin and VMs in your bit barns. This time around the company feels it's not entirely your fault: now that we're all doing automation and spinning up …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Feb 2016

Shocker: Clearing 2015's vast PC backlog was 'costly' for vendors

Stuffing European retailers and distributors’ shelves with PCs proved to be a pricey gamble that didn’t pay off for major suppliers: it took eleven months of last year and hefty price cuts to clear. Some 76.3 million computers were shipped into EMEA channels in 2015, down 18.2 per cent year-on-year, according to numbers from …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jan 2016

What? EMEA PC sales dropped by HOW much?

With tech distributors and retailers suffering PC inventory indigestion in EMEA, shipments into the region during Q2 were always likely to be bad, and they didn’t disappoint. Some 18.6 million desktops, notebooks and premium ultra mobiles found their way into outlets in the three months, that is down 15.7 per cent, or 3.47 …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jul 2015
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AMD stops shipping chips as bloated channel begs 'Please, no more'

Beleaguered chip underdog AMD is not shipping any new gear to channels this quarter as it bites the bullet to clear existing stock swilling around the industry, estimated to have been in excess of $100m. A combination of bad forecasting, sliding PC demand and weak supply chain controls led to the inventory nightmare, and …
Paul Kunert, 12 Feb 2015

We hardly ordered any stock! Yet here we are again with ANOTHER PC MOUNTAIN

Distributors and retailers exercised caution - with one eye on the disastrous inventory mountain that cast a shadow over the channel in recent years - and bought stock conservatively in Q2. The numbers crunched by IDC show that 22.2 per cent fewer boxes were shipped into warehouses in Q2 equating to 19.6 million boxes versus …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jul 2013
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China risks mountain of unsold PCs

China’s domestic PC market is set to go from strength to strength in 2012 with shipments forecast to rise at three times the rate of the global market, although analysts warn there could be trouble ahead. The China Electronics Research report from market watcher IHS iSuppli claimed that PC shipments in the People’s Republic …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Jul 2012

Lenovo: Hey just relax, Gartner – we can flog this stuff

Lenovo needs to keep a close eye on inventory levels in the channel or risk heading down the same road to ruin that destroyed Acer's 2011, temporarily derailing its plans to become top dog in the PC arena. As revealed yesterday, the high-flying Chinese PC maker is within touching distance of HP, the world's largest shifter of …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jul 2012
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Acer bids to raise prices after levelling inventory mountain

Acer has said it expects ASPs to continue to climb this year as the market shifts to ultrabooks – even as the vendor finally levels the inventory mountain that bedevilled it last year. The shock discovery of "abnormalities" in inventory stored in freight forwarders' warehouses led to a massive shakeup at the firm. A "sales …
Joe Fay, 25 Jan 2012
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Acer CEO: No more 'cheap and unprofitable' products

Acer is plotting a return to profits that partly rests on the success of the ultrabook after revealing it is close to completing its operational and management overhaul. The Taiwanese giant posted losses for the past two consecutive quarters as it dealt with an inventory crisis caused by a consumer spending freeze made worse …
Paul Kunert, 7 Dec 2011
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Acer UK disties expect big things of new boss

Distributors have backed incoming Acer UK boss Neil Marshall to turn the ailing operation around and confine the channel-stuffing saga to history. As revealed first by El Reg, Marshall was parachuted into the UK organisation after previous incumbent Bobby Watkins was shown the door following a staggering drop in sales. An …
Paul Kunert, 1 Dec 2011
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Banks bung hard-up Acer £315m loan

Troubled Acer has penned a new financing deal to cover working capital requirements and pay off a previous loan it took out to acquire Gateway. The firm has gone through a major reshuffle of management following a loss-making year in which sluggish consumer demand caught it by surprise and resulted in an inventory pile-up. …
Paul Kunert, 17 Nov 2011
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Desperate RIM in 'buy two PlayBooks, get one free' offer

RIM has resorted to giving away its little-fondled BlackBerry PlayBook as part of a promo to drive sales to biz customers stateside. In a deal usually reserved for commodity items in supermarkets, US firms will be able to buy two PlayBooks and get one free – of the same spec – from now until the end of the year. As previously …
Tim Anderson, 31 Oct 2011
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Acer first PC vendor to confirm price hike

Acer has become the first major PC vendor to confirm a price rise in response to flooding in Thailand, which it says has led to a 20 per cent hike in the cost of disk drives. This comes just days after Acer described the outlook for HDD supplies as uncertain, while rivals firms agreed drive component prices would head north, …
Paul Kunert, 28 Oct 2011
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Acer UK boss Watkins quits

Updated: Acer UK boss Bobby Watkins has quit after a string of disastrous quarters in which the firm's sales collapsed, The Register can reveal. It is understood that Acer veteran Neil Marshall, currently director of global sales and marketing transformation, will be picking up the reins. Channel sources reckon that Watkins resigned …
Paul Kunert, 25 Oct 2011
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Acer cuts losses and inventory in Q3

Acer losses narrowed in its third quarter ended September but the bust consumer sector and inventory woes still weighed heavy on its bottom line. The troubled Taiwanese titan reported prelim losses of NT$1.1bn (£22.9m) compared to profits of NT $4.29bn (£89.3m) for the three month trading period a year earlier. Sales fell 28 …
Paul Kunert, 21 Oct 2011
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Laptops en route to Europe by rail for first time

The first batch of Acer notebooks sent by rail is set to arrive in Europe in the next two weeks, and the rail-freighting trend may soon be adopted across the PC industry. The Taiwanese giant is starting to build more flexibility into its supply chain in the wake of the inventory pile-up earlier this year that dented profits …
Paul Kunert, 23 Sep 2011
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Acer restructure continues as another honcho heads out

Restructuring at Acer continues with another high level director exiting the business in the wake of its inventory woes and declining sales. The firm parted with CEO Gianfranco Lanci in March and then began initiating an operational re-jig during the summer, creating three divisions: consumer, professional and Touch. Among …
Paul Kunert, 15 Sep 2011
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UK sales rankings: HP, Dell up, Acer down, Apple at No. 4

Acer has been knocked further down the rankings of the shrinking UK PC market as it continued to juggle efforts to clear inventory overload with sluggish consumer demand. Sales into the channel fell 15 per cent in Q2 to 2.5 million units, Gartner beancounters have found, but Acer – hit more acutely by the market downturn – saw …
Paul Kunert, 17 Aug 2011

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