According to Gartner research, the computer segment is being affected by two key factors: consumer habits and a weak global economy. These two items are are creating a perfect storm of success for the tablets and smartphone providers. Global PC shipments dropped to 90.3 million units during the last quarter of 2012.
"Tablets have dramatically changed the device landscape for PCs, not so much by 'cannibalizing' PC sales, but by causing PC users to shift consumption to tablets rather than replacing older PCs," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.
"Whereas as once we imagined a world in which individual users would have both a PC and a tablet as personal devices, we increasingly suspect that most individuals will shift consumption activity to a personal tablet, and perform creative and administrative tasks on a shared PC."
Many industry experts were anticipating a bump in sales due to Microsoft's Window's 8 release, unfortunately this didn't materialize as the emphasis was clearly on tablets and smartphones.
Another key concept to consider is the expectation levels of consumers. Are savvy shoppers going to expect more touch screen style interfaces; will they expect greater conveniences such as a sales staff equipped with tablets?
How is this shift in usage influencing your own buying decisions within your dealership? Have we started to see a noticeable shift in equipment purchases with regards to less desktops and laptops being purchased and more company owned smartphones and tablets?