By Lisa Johnston
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BrandsMart USA Powers Up Repair Services
HOLLYWOOD, FLA. – Multiregional CE, majap and housewares discounter BrandsMart USA said its inhouse service operation has achieved greater efficiencies and cost-savings by outsourcing its scheduling and billing functions to ServicePower. Previously, service calls were routed by hand and dispatched by a staffer, the chain’s services VP Cosmo Adamo told TWICE. Now, the day’s service calls are plotted, dispatched and billed through ServicePower’s servers, saving time, gasoline and paperwork. Indeed, its optimization software has boosted the retailer’s average daily service calls in South Florida from about 160 to 250 per day without a concomitant increase in crews or trucks, while gas consumption is down, Adamo said.
Jabra Joins PRO, ProSource Vendor Mix
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 Pro- Source, the specialty A/V and custom installation division of the BrandSource buying group, and has forged a direct partnership with PRO, an acronym for the Progressive Retailers Organization and ProSource’s large-dealer wing. Earlier this year ProSource articulated a renewed focus on “new” audio products including high-end headphones, wireless speakers and premium soundbars, which also led to the recent addition of premium headphone and Bluetooth speaker manufacturer Beacon Audio.
Capitol To Carry Toshiba LED TVs
EAGAN, MINN. — Capitol, a CE distributor for pro A/V and communication contractors, residential systems integrators, retailers and premium incentive resellers, said it is offering Toshiba LED TVs for residential and commercial applications. The new TV line includes the L1350, L4300 and L7300 series that offer a progressive mix of networking, connectivity and streaming features in screens sizes ranging from 23 to 65 inches.
“Toshiba’s new line of LED TVs will be a tremendous boost to our integrators and installers,” said Capitol president/CFO Curt Hayes. “Even the most basic models are loaded with features, and the innovations at the high-end should open the door for anyone specializing in home-theater systems and other high-end projects.”
D&H Offering D-Link Surveillance Webcast
HARRISBURG, PA. — D&H Distributing, the national IT and CE distributor, is offering customers free access to a D-Link webcast on sales opportunities in IP surveillance. The video, “D-Link IP Camera Solutions: Profit from Adding IP Surveillance to Every Sale,” demonstrates how to set up a simple IP surveillance system for a home and/or small-business environment, and outlines sales strategies for marketing these solutions.
The webcast is available to D&H customers for free on-demand viewing on the Solutions Lab training page at DandH.com. It is also available to the distributor’s Canadian customers through late June, marking the first webcast offered by D&H to both its U.S. and Canadian accounts.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.