Arrow Electronics Inc. knows this dilemma well. A few months ago, customers of the Centennial, Colo.-based electronics distributor were flummoxed by who was on the hook for newly assessed tariffs on Chinese-made goods, according to the company’s chief financial officer, Chris Stansbury.
“A lot of companies large and small will pull back given the uncertainty,” said CEO Glenn Samala. “It is all too murky right now.”
SparkFun had to let go of staff who were going into schools to teach kids about technology and tinkering, promoting the kind of innovative spirit the country needs to remain competitive in the future. The company is also trying to figure out ways to rearrange its supply chain to avoid tariffs, but for many of the cheapest and highest volume components, China is the only game in town, Samala said.
8-6-2021 (August 6, 2021) is the Snakiest day of the year and it’s also this year’s CircuitPython Day! The day highlights all things CircuitPython and Python on Hardware. See you there!
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.