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Global chip shortage and supply chain issues will delay many WVU purchases, including computers

A worldwide chip shortage and other supply chain issues are delaying delivery of many WVU purchases, from computers and vehicles to furniture and flooring. Both Procurement Contracting and Payment Services and Information Technology Services urge employees and supervisors engaged in hiring to plan purchases as far ahead as possible.

Dell, for example, has advised the University to expect wait times ranging from approximately 40-90 days on computers and peripheral equipment. However, as global supply chains are still stabilizing, buyers can expect extended lead times and volatile pricing on many other items and materials.

The chip shortage is causing longer than normal delays in the delivery of computers and network gear, as well as vehicles and many other products. This could affect everything from vehicles and appliances to lab equipment, and the length of the delays will vary.

Some experts say the chip shortage could continue into 2023. Further complicating matters is a global shipping crisis that could escalate. If you plan to replace or purchase computers or related technology gear, please plan those purchases as far in advance as possible and prepare for delays.

PCPS says the chip shortage and other supply chain issues that have occurred during the pandemic such as factory shutdowns are still affecting the availability of many products. For example:

  • Car and truck availability is unpredictable. As a result, the used vehicle market also has limited availability, with strong prices for late-model used vehicles.
  • Many construction-related materials used in light fixtures, furniture, flooring and other products also are showing longer than normal lead times.
  • Equipment used by WVU’s roads and grounds crews, such as all-terrain vehicles and tractors, are showing long lead times, and currently have limited to no availability for some models.

“Overall, the best advice is to plan ahead as much as possible,” said Assistant Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer Jeff Pratt. “Supply chains are somewhat unpredictable as manufacturers come back online and work to recover from a backlog. ITS and PCPS will work to support our internal customers to understand timing and explore alternative options, if available.”