By Lisa Johnston
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Germantown, Tenn. – Mega Group USA has expanded its CE offering through new distribution partnerships with D&H Distributing and the Powerhouse Alliance.
The buying organization for independent furniture, mattress, majap and CE dealers said the new collaborations will bring new brands, categories and services to the group’s electronics division.
According to CE division manager Jim Sendrak, D&H’s next-day delivery on most CE, IT, gaming and housewares orders “enables members to make 45,000 items available to their customers, and do it as quickly as Amazon.” In addition, its $3 billion annual sales volume and automated order processing allows D&H to offer Mega members substantially lower pricing across the board, he said.
In contrast, Powerhouse Alliance, a national network of independent CE distributors, share about 25 core brands that will be made available to Mega dealers. The benefits, Sendrak said, include “national distribution with a local touch,” as “reps on the street … know the members’ markets and the challenges they face. They know how to compete.”
He added that Powerhouse distributors all carry the high-margin pro, custom, home automation and surveillance categories that Mega needs to “bring to our members’ doorsteps and expand their opportunities to make more money.”
The distributors will make their Mega debuts at the group’s National Convention Sept. 6-9 at the Marriott Downtown and Louisville Convention Center in Louisville, Ky.
The group boasts 1,600 members, 3,000 storefronts and a wide range of products and services, including web design, hosting and marketing; health and business insurance; group vendor programs; custom advertising and marketing services; and consulting, store merchandising and information technology support, all aimed at driving floor traffic, improving sales and profits, and enhancing operating efficiencies. For more information, visit MegaGroupUSA.com.
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