Leaked Best Buy Document Indicates Minimal iPhone 4 Inventory On Launch Day
The document also details on the tentative number of iPhone 4 units that could be made available to each of the Best Buy stores.
We had reported earlier that Best Buy is expected to stock at least 30 units of iPhone 4 32GB and 15 units of iPhone 4 16GB in their individual stores. While the document does not reveal the actual number of units that may be stocked, not more than 75 units of iPhone 4 are expected to be available at any particular Best Buy store on launch day.
Folks at iClarified have also published additional documents detailing the number of iPhone 4 units to be available in select Best Buy stores across the country. Interestingly, these documents show orders for the white iPhone 4 models. It is however not clear if these orders shall be fulfilled at launch. You may recall that Apple has presently put the sale of white iPhone 4 on hold.
The Best Buy launch plan notes that the stores may open up a 'pre-order window' until 11AM on launch day for customers willing to place an order. These customers shall be added to the store's existing database of customers who have pre-ordered an iPhone. Best Buy is expected to contact each of these customers individually to schedule an appointment for delivery. Three appointments are expected to be scheduled per labor hour.
However, Best Buy is not even sure if it will be able to fulfill pre-orders for all those who pre-ordered. Best Buy's launch plan is indicative of the unexpected surge in demand for iPhone 4. Apple reported last week that the company had received over 600,000 pre-orders.
Apple usually has an allotment of walk-in inventory outside the existing pre-orders, so if you haven't pre-orded your iPhone 4, you can try to get one by going early to an Apple Store on launch day. As we had noted yesterday, enthusiastic Apple fans have already begun camping outside the Apple stores in preparation for the June 24 launch.
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