Large distributors of electronics have experienced significant reductions in supplies. According to Commersant's report, some supplies fell by 75 per cent in the second quarter by a year, while a number of industry experts expect that commodity shortages will begin to be particularly acute in the autumn, while retailers, on the contrary, indicate the maintenance of stocks and the expansion of the range, including by working with small suppliers.
According to division director Merlion Tatiana Skokova, the supply of smartphones dropped three to four times a year in the last quarter, and the laptops and PCs fell to 75 per cent. According to her, the deficit is now beginning to be felt, but the second quarter has been relatively good because of the increase in supplies in the first quarter. However, the shopping shelves "are starting to go empty", there is a "one to two months" reserve. First of all, the smartphones are Samsung and Apple. According to the executive director of diHouse, the "real deficit" will begin in September-October, while the "Marvel Distribution" also shows problems with stocks, especially Samsung and Apple.
Panic sentiment is avoided in retailer networks, claiming that equipment is not only stored but renewed. M. Video Eldorado stressed that they have all the flagship smartphones of famous brands and other electronics, do not see a serious threat in Megaphone and MTS, and re:Store, which deals with Apple solutions, although acknowledging that there is a deficit, but "is doing everything possible" to maintain the range and availability of goods.
The experts stress that the data from distributors and retailers can be markedly different. If it is hard to make a decision about parallel imports, they are still afraid to disrupt relations with foreign vendors, small companies are easier to organize supplies and import electronics in small shipments.
According to available data, there has been a marked increase in the number of players, with deliveries starting to be made both by the retailers themselves and by small businesses, including individual entrepreneurs working on behalf of commercial networks; however, distributors argue that no one else will be able to supply the volume required to meet the demand.