Samsung's new smartphone camera was intended to be the marketing focal point of the Galaxy S5's massive upgrade, but production issues are threatening to delay the launch of the phone and disrupt overall distribution, according to Business Insider. While both Samsung's reputation and bottom line are likely to suffer as a result, the delay should stand as an example for other product suppliers everywhere: Logistical versatility is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. That is why companies from myriad industries have taken to investing in a more optimized operations and supply chain management system.
The upgraded Galaxy S5 smartphone is the company's flagship product, and the first to use its patented ISOCEll technology, the news source reported. Using a slimmer lens, Samsung was able to develop a 16-megapixel mobile phone camera capable of capturing low-light images and more accurate colors. The only problem is that such a thin lens is prone to performance issues.
"On a thin lens, even the slightest flaw results in a considerable optic distortion," an unnamed "industry insider" told Korean publication ETNews. "To make [a] plastic lens thinner, more accurate mold technology is necessary."
The Overall Implications
The popular technology manufacturer is working on fixing the problem. However, it seems developers are having little luck. ETNews confirmed that Samsung's current lens production yield is hovering between 20 percent to 30 percent, which has already stalled production. Construction on the phone's camera module was set to begin in February, but lens delays are continuing to push the deadline back further.
Samsung announced last month that April 11 would be the launch date of the new Galaxy S5 in key regional markets in more than 150 countries, but KTNews confirmed that going by its own schedule, the launch will have to be delayed in at least a few areas. It's still unclear as to whether the U.S. will be affected.
To organize the same-day launch of a single product worldwide takes considerable organization and logistical prowess, but Samsung's latest issue demonstrates how vulnerable supply chains really are. If companies don't have the proper systems in place to handle such sudden setbacks, the resulting damages could be significant, not only to production but to overall business. With comprehensive supply chain and inventory control software, businesses can regain confidence in their own operations. By optimizing processes, companies will be better equipped to handle unexpected changes in the market and in production.