Megan Arnold

Member Since: March 14, 2016

Country: United States

Catch up on the event with the livestream, and check out the winners here.

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The impact of managing uncertainty with a catalog of 2,400 storefront SKUs

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We are seven weeks out from SparkFun AVC 2018 and we’re starting to ramp up preparation for the event!

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A look back at one maker's timeline to success

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A deeper look at a low-cost acoustic sensor project

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Introducing 60-pound combat bots, bringing back Logistics, plus a few other essential details.

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Drawing the line for IoT product development

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A new partnership with GroupGets will help bring your projects to market!

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How a couple of engineers' desire to bridge the gap between the industrial space and the maker movement created something new.

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This month, SparkFun is celebrating the first anniversary of its Community Partnership Program.

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AVC 2017 Recap

Let's look back at our best AVC yet!

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Announcing SparkFun AVC 2017 Combat Bot tournament winners

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Congrats to the best and the brightest among us.

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Thanks to some big bots, student teams and first-time competitors, we are now the third largest combat robotics tournament in the world!

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We have THREE TIMES as many combat bot teams registered as last year! This is great, but it means some changes.

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We're announcing the folks who are helping us making this year's AVC the best AVC!

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Check out the prizes for this year's AVC champions!

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The Thing is the first non-LoRa board officially supported inside myDevices’ Cayenne IoT project builder!

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Check out some of the impressive work from our Community Partners!

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Be part of AVC from anywhere in the known universe with an internet connection.

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Robotic competition not enough for you? Not to worry -- this year's AVC promises so much more.

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You've officially got plans on Sept. 17.

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  • We did not do a blog about the recent tax cuts for businesses- with the ambiguity around sales tax for ecommerce businesses in individual states we still have an incomplete view of the tax landscape for our business and its customer impact. As far as lowering prices are concerned (unrelated to promotions and discounting), we routinely do price reductions on our catalog based competitive products and pricing in our markets as well as any flexibility in supply-side pricing (though we rarely see goods getting cheaper from our suppliers). Just a few months ago, we started to actually notify our customers about those price reductions! Those notifications currently happen via social media posts, though not every price reduction is announced yet via social.

  • We also have big concerns about the uncertain regulatory information in the U.S. regarding ecommerce sales tax. That’s been almost as big a topic for us as have the tariffs, the only difference is that the tariffs is a much more immediate challenge to solve. We will likely be talking on the blog later this year about the ongoing ecommerce sales tax issue as we have more information about its impacts on SparkFun.

  • That’s definitely something we’re considering, though in many of our recent conversations with suppliers they too face tariffs as they source many of their goods from China as well. We will have to see the price increases from domestic suppliers before knowing if a switch is cost effective. That’s something we plan to address in upcoming blog posts on this topic.

  • You’re totally right, we are talking about cents, occasionally dollars, when we’re talking about price increases for customers. The issue isn’t necessarily the amount of the potential price increase, it’s how complex it is for us to calculate that number across 2400 products. For the Essential Sensor Kit, it is relatively straightforward (part of why we chose that product as an example), but it’s not always that straightforward depending on the complexity of the supply chain behind that product. We also don’t know how much other companies will price competing goods. We don’t know how our domestic suppliers might increase prices on goods they originally source from China.

    It takes time for us to wait on pricing impacts in our supply chain, and it takes time for us to see tariff costs come in on our shipping bills, and all that time ultimately costs us money. So when you add up all of those cents, they become hundreds of thousands of dollars.

  • More hours to the day? 4-6 PM or an additional 4-6 hours? I will talk to engineering and see if they can get the earth to rotate a little slower on its axis…;-)

  • Hi there! We only had one entrant last year for the logistics class, so we didn’t think there was much interest! But we can always bring it back, we’re planning to make another announcement next week and we’ll ask the crowd then if there’s more interested in a logistics class. If you can send us an email at avc@sparkfun.com we can talk more about it!

  • Transformers (Bay, 2007) and Pacific Rim (Del Toro, 2013) ;-)

  • AVC this year will be the Classic AVC ground course and the combat bots this year!

  • That’s a great idea- we’re already working on our competitions for next year and scoring/judging is always a big topic..are you talking about bots specifically, or classic avc?

  • Hi Kelly! Thanks for asking- I will add that the rules page now, we weren’t planning on moving forward with that until closer to the deadline and after registration closed, but feel free to send them to me at avc@sparkfun.com.