Clove sold out of Lumia 920’s, will only be restocked in mid-January 2013


In somewhat of a sign regarding Nokia production and distribution capabilities, Clove has announced that they are sold out of all Nokia Lumia 920’s, but expect to receive another shipment in a month’s time.

So far both shipments they received were sold out in days of receiving them, and there is little doubt that more could have been sold if more were available.

The significance of this of course is that when Nokia announces their quarterly sales and earnings on the 24th of January, they would certainly have underperformed on one aspect – actually getting the phone in the hands of people who want to give them money.

Nokia has not spoken about any specific challenges in producing the NL 920, but one can imagine the camera assembly, screen and flash memory could all have been supply choke points. Nokia has of course also closed numerous factories and outsourced production of at least some phones to Compal and others.

These issues does place Nokia at a disadvantage in terms of fulfilment compared to a vertically integrated company like Samsung and it suggests in trimming the fat during their lean years they may have cut a bit too close to the bone in some areas.

Do our readers agree that in terms of logistics and capacity Nokia is now a very different company from yesteryear or did Nokia just not anticipate the demand for the Nokia Lumia 920, given that they themselves predicted a flat Q4 2012? Let us know below.

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