By Lisa Johnston
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Harrisburg, Pa. — D&H Distributing will open a new warehouse in Atlanta in May.
The 476,000-square-foot facility will be the distributor's largest warehouse and serve the Southeast and portions of the Midwest. According to the company, the new distribution center can reduce customer freight costs by up to 6 percent vs. the previous practice of shipping goods from smaller facilities in Dallas and Jacksonville, Fla.
These smaller centers will be merged into the new Atlanta warehouse, which is expected to employ 100 people.
The new distribution center will give D&H “parallel logistical efficiencies” enabling the company to reach most of the U.S. in two days or less, D&H said.
The facility, which can be expanded up to 680,000 square feet, will feature energy efficient lighting with automated sensors, on-site recycling for cardboard and plastic and the ability to halt conveyors and sorters when not in use.
Scottsdale, Ariz. — DBL Distributing is now carrying the EcoSmart line of bamboo-based computer accessories from Micro Innovations. Due in April, the line includes a keyboard, an optical mouse, a two-channel speaker system, a 1.3-megapixel Web cam, a four-port USB hub, memory card reader/writer and USB keypad.
The company will also carry iVoice Technologies' line of Bluetooth headsets. The line includes the Baby-AI and the dual-microphone Diamond-X headset.
Edmond, Okla. — Petra Industries relaunched its Web site (www.petra.com) last month. Among the new features is a one-page checkout screen, a new account dashboard for viewing order history, and the ability to build wish lists and view side-by-side product comparisons. The company also added the Spot Satellite Messenger and the Sherwood 1.1 Profile Blu-ray Disc player to its product line.
North Syracuse, N.Y. — WYNIT will be the exclusive distributor for Safeguard's line of sub-sonic air movement detector alarms. The Safeguard Activator line uses infrasonic technology to detect low levels of air movement or vibrations and triggers an alarm. The alarm can be connected to an adapter to control lighting or other appliances. Prices range from $19.95 to $149.
WYNIT will also carry Hitachi's new WXGA resolution LCD projector, the CP-WX410. It's the 20th Hitachi product in the distributor's stable.
Melville, N.Y. — ADI debuted its Lighten Up program of Webinars and branch training sessions to educate dealers on lighting control technologies. The company also launched an IP networking section, which will give dealers access to Ethernet switches, PoE switches, media converters, servers, wired and wireless routers, and test equipment. Dedicated networking space will be rolled out to ADI branches over the coming weeks, the company said.
Finally, ADI said it would be hosting Boot Camp training presentations at EHX Spring 2009 as well as sponsoring CEDIA University's Learning Lab. The Boot Camp will run for 30 minutes and focus on lighting control solutions, home solutions, HDMI cables, and label- and badge-making products.
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.