It's not AVC, or Open House, or a Viking Funeral, but SparkFun has one last event this year: Inventory Day. Like any company dealing in physical goods, at least once a year we get to prove that we actually have what inventory amounts we think we have.
For us, this proving is done by taking a physical inventory count annually. While we are looking at other methods to avoid the kind of event planning and disruption that we are going to experience this weekend, we're not there yet.
What a physical count entails for us these days, is orchestrating all 135 employees to count all the units of each of our 2028 products for sale to you, our customer, plus the 1533 we have on hand to build with. We'll be going through the shelves, one by one, and comparing the counts with the quantities we think we have. If the match isn't sufficiently close, we get to count again to make sure we weren't mistaken the first time. On some products we will be writing off the lost amount. On others, we'll find a quantity that ended up somewhere in the warehouse that it shouldn't have been.
So, please forgive us, and enjoy the new products post on Friday, knowing that your items will ship just a touch later than they would normally.