Coronavirus causes delayed deliveries and price increases

“Global trade, with its heavy emphasis on Chinese manufacturing, has been rocked these past weeks by a reduced Chinese labor force and business closures caused by the coronavirus.”

There is reduced air freight and thus courier capacity, global mail slowdown and a delay in shipping as countries around the world had put stringent measures in place at harbours and airports.

While there is still a fair amount of stock available on computer-related items in South Africa, the effects of the Coronavirus on product availability in South Africa are creeping in. Unfortunately, there also is a negative impact on product pricing.

In particular, supply on Backup Power devices such batteries, inverters and UPS are beginning to be affected by delayed shipping.

Which, of course, is disastrous now that loadshedding has become the norm.

Here at Essential IT Solutions we are doing our best to source Backup Power solutions stock but please note the notifications mentioned next to the Backup Power products on our online shopping site.

Here are examples of stock notifications:

When you see the notification “In stock” come and grab it before it is sold.

When you see “Supplier has stock” then it is not in stock at our store, the supplier has stock and it will be available within 2 or 3 work days. Even so, since demand is high, please confirm availability before paying.

The notification “Confirm availability” should speak for itself.

When the notification is “There are not enough products in stock” it often means that shipping is delayed.

As mentioned, the Coronavirus is having a huge impact on shipping but all around the country there still are Backup Power products in stock, albeit in limited numbers.

If a product is in stock with Essential IT Solutions, it will say “In Stock with us.” We suggest you take it before it is sold.

More information

For more information about the impact of the Coronavirus on shipping, please refer to the Easyship blog.

For more information about the Coronavirus in South Africa, please refer to the updates made by the Minister of Health on the NICD (National Institute for Communicable Diseases) site.

Price increases

When it doesn’t rain, it pours! The Coronavirus also has an impact on the manufacturing output in China meaning that according to the demand-supply principle the prices on many items produced in China, including computer-related products, are bound to increase.

Our supplies have already notified us of the price increases, with, for instance, NAND flash products facing a massive 20% increases. (That is, flash drives, memory cards and Solid State hard drives.)

To beat the price increases we suggest you stock up now on urgency products like storage and backup devices. As explained above, see which products are in stock in our shop and grab them.


Considering all of the above, we’d like to, once again, remind you to plan ahead and to backup your data regularly.

a. Set up auto backups to the service already on your computer or device: Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Apple iCloud or Samsung Cloud. Or consider DropBox. All these services off FREE basic plans.

b. Backup to an external hard drive or flash drive. They are so cheap nowadays!

While a 16GB flash drive might sound small by modern-day standards it actually can store 500 photos, 1000 songs, 40 minutes of video plus 4GB of office files. A 32GB flash drive will obviously store twice as much but if you need more, we also have 128GB flash drives. For even more storage, consider and external hard drive.

We suggest you use both the online cloud backups plus an external drive backup.

Please remember to store your external backups in a safe place!

As always, should you require more info, do not hesitate to call us on 021 853 4790 or whatsapp 081 395 8776.

Date: 18 Feb 2020