It has been pretty good last two weeks for Aakash tablet maker Datawind. According to a report in Economic Times, Datawind CEO has stated that 14 lakh consumers have shown their interest in buying Aakash in just two weeks of putting it on sale online.
Struggling to meet demand, company has now planned to establish three new factories – in Cochin, Noida and Hyderabad – in the first half of 2012 to assemble this ultra-cheap tablet. Currently, Aakash is assembled at a single factory in Hyderabad.
“We never expected such a high response from both corporate and individual buyers. We plan to supply 70,000-75,000 units per day once the factories are in place by April,” Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO, Datawind told ET.
It is important to understand that most of these 1.4 million consumers have selected cash on delivery as their preferred payment method and Datawind isn’t really considering them orders right now.
“We are not accepting cash for bookings currently, as we want to sort out supply issues,” Tuli told ET.
So, if you are one of such COD customers, you won’t be getting Aakash anytime soon, first – company does not have inventory until April, secondly – they have to sort out the supply issues as stated by company CEO himself.
Actual sales number are still a mystery, but ET’s report has noted that ncarry.com, which has also been taking orders for Aakash tablet, has exhausted its initial inventory over 30,000 units.
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