Beijing headquartered Lenovo, which designs, develops, manufactures and sells products such as personal computers and smartphones, says it has had little difficulty adapting to a remote working setup amid the Covid-19 outbreak.
According to Lenovo India CEO and managing director Rahul Agarwal, the existence of a flexible working arrangement at the company made the switch easier.
Agarwal told TechCircle about Lenovo’s journey through the pandemic, including its cross-geography strategies and commercial-to-individual market analysis.
The firm witnessed good sales in the April-June quarter, he said, as the Covid-19 lockdown was announced without much warning. This resulted in companies having to facilitate work from home setups on short notice.
“But we have to watch what happens from July. I already see fresh demand dipping,” he said.
“Now, when I see outside India, (market intelligence firm) IDC says that the personal computer demand may go down about 8-10% compared to the April-March period. So that will affect all vendors. If you look at it holistically, we have to be prepared for a slowdown in the second half of the year,” he added.
An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Agarwal has been a part of Lenovo for 15 years. He has also worked at Armonk headquartered technology giant IBM.