San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Mountain View, Calif. – Google may be planning to open its first freestanding retail stores by the holiday season.
Anaheim, Calif. – Jabra has joined the vendor matrix of the ProSource and PRO Group buying organizations.
The wireless audio solutions supplier has been designated as an approved authorized vendor for ProSource and has forged a direct partnership with PRO.
ProSource is the specialty A/V and custom installation division of the BrandSource buying group, and PRO Group, an acronym for the Progressive Retailers Organization, is ProSource’s large-dealer wing.
Santa Monica, Calif. — Video & Audio Center began selling Sony Electronics’ 65- and 55-inch 4K TVs and officially opened its 4K department, here, during an afternoon event yesterday.
San Diego — Sony Electronics is adding two new retail formats to its chain of 38 company stores.
The prototypes include a freestanding Sony Gallery pop-up shop, which features a highly curated selection of merchandise, and a new boutique concept that will carry the company’s top-of-the-line TVs, cameras, computers and audio products, along with support services.
Little Falls, Minn. — A franchised RadioShack dealer has added a full line of GE appliances to one of his seven independently owned stores.
RadioShack’s more than 1,000 franchised locations can vary widely from the 4,700 uniform corporate stores, with owners given wide latitude with assortment and design.
Amherst, N.Y. — Stampede, an A/V distributor for professional and consumer custom installers and retailers, has signed an agreement with Whoosh to carry its cleaning line for computer screens, mobile devices and television displays.
Issaquah, Wash. — Costco cited CE among its better-performing hardlines categories in March.
Comp-store sales of hardlines rose by the mid-single digits for the five weeks, ended April 7, the retailer reported.
Janney Montgomery Scott analyst David Strasser noted that CE’s resurgence at Costco began last May, differentiating the warehouse club from industry trends.
Costco’s total U.S. comp-store sales increased 6 percent during the period, excluding the impact of lower gasoline prices, and net March sales rose 7 percent to $9.7 billion.
Boston — Luxury-audio start-up AudioXperts is expanding its staff again with the creation of the new position of manager of international sales support.
The company said it appointed Jakob Jespersen to the new position to further strengthen its relationships with international distributors and expand the company’s specialty-dealer network. Jesperson will develop, implement and manage customer support programs for the distributors and retailers.
New York — Stampede made a stop on its Big Book AV Tour at the Hotel Pennsylvania, here, this morning, with around 25 suppliers and visits from 150 to 200 custom installers for the pro and consumer market, as well as retailers.
Kevin Kelly, president/COO, said all the stops on the tour are all about the same size. “We have 5 sales areas in the U.S. and three in Canada, and we hold two in each area per year — one in the spring and one in the fall.”
New York — Renowned singer-songwriter Paul Anka will make a guest appearance at J&R Music & Computer World this Friday, April 12.
Anka, whose hits include “Diana” and “You’re Having My Baby,” and who penned “My Way” for Frank Sinatra and co-wrote “This Is It” with Michael Jackson, will participate in a question-and-answer session at 5 p.m. hosted by famed pop music radio DJ “Cousin” Bruce Morrow.