Latest headlines: Hope Roth on the chip shortage and Lee Distad on working with what is in your control. Plus, news from Extron and Planar.
March 29, 2022 | Volume: 11 | Issue: 6
I can’t believe we’re already almost done with March. Where has 2022 gone? Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like time is flying by. I hope you’ve had a great start to your week!
Our first column this time around comes from writer Hope Roth and explains more on the chip shortage. I didn’t want to admit it, but honestly, I am not totally sure how the supply chain works or how COVID-19 impacted it. Luckily for us, Hope dives into the why and how of our supply chain woes and even gives some insight into the future of the chip shortage and supply chain itself. Get some answers on how the chip supply will affect your HOW projects and more in this piece!
A second column highlights an important mindset to have in any AV market: focus on what you can control. It may seem like obvious advice, but Lee gives some detailed pointers on how exactly to do this. In the HOW market, we face many obstacles, and some are unique to worship service AV equipment, installs, projects and more. Lee writes that “professionalism isn’t about not having problems … professionalism is about how you overcome those problems.” Get more advice here!
It’s a scenario currently playing out at AV integrators all over the world. After a difficult year of pandemic-induced budget cuts, a client accepts a proposal for an install or upgrade. Paperwork gets signed. Purchase orders get cut. Product orders go out. And then … the waiting game begins. Phone calls are made. The waiting continues. More phone calls. More waiting. From the manufacturer to the distributor to the integrator, all anyone can do is wave their hands and say, “well, you know, chip shortage.”
Delays are a problem and come with costs of their own. Having nothing for your people to do until you can get back to work costs both time and money. Not to mention that pushing one project further down the road risks impacting scheduled work coming up on other projects that are committed. That is, assuming those other projects themselves don’t get delayed. Try not to think about that.