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Since coming into power last year, the Trump administration has levied higher tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars in Chinese goods. With its vast network of vendors, many of which import parts from China, Ingram is in a unique position to see if those fees are affecting what hardware manufacturers pay for supplies and charge for finished products. So far, according to Bay, it’s hard to tell for sure.
“Every OEM has a different supply chain and they’re located in different areas, so there’s not just one answer,” he says. Ingram is actively communicating on the topic with hardware makers though, and passing along whatever it learns to concerned partners.
“We’re trying to be as open and upfront and give as much visibility [on] each decision the OEMs are making and how that impact funnels down into our solution providers,” Bay says, adding that at least some of those partners have begun sourcing supplies from places other than China.
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