By Lisa Johnston
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INDIANAPOLIS — Brightpoint, a subsidiary of Brightpoint North America L.P., has extended its preferred supplier agreement with Associated Carrier Group (ACG) through March 2012.
Brightpoint will continue to be the primary supplier of wireless devices from leading wireless handset and device manufacturers and provide additional services related to product development and management to ACG, the distributor said. Brightpoint will also continue to provide related integrated logistics services to ACG and its participating members.
PHILADELPHIA — Almo has set Consumer Electronics & Appliance Expo schedule for the year, starting here May 5-6.
These regional expositions feature new products, access to free manufacturer training sessions, “door-buster show specials,” and one-on-one meetings as well as peer networking events, the distributor said.
The rest of the schedule is as follows: Verona, N.Y., Aug. 10-11; St. Paul, Minn., Aug. 13; Cincinnati, Aug. 19-20; and St. Charles, Mo., Sept. 14-15.
HARRISBURG, PA. — D&H Distributing has signed an agreement with Toshiba’s Digital Products Division to distribute its Satellite and Qosimo lapops.
The agreement allows D&H’s base of existing retail and e-tail customers to expand their supplier relationships into the consumer laptop space. These include a wide group of local retailers and recognized online merchants, the distributor said. The agreement also covers Toshiba’s complete line of laptop accessories, mobile projectors for on-the-go presentations and external USB 2.0 hard drives.
EDMOND, OKLA. — Petra Industries has signed distribution agreements with ADCOM and Python.
Petra has agreed to carry home theater electronics maker ADCOM’s line of 20 new high-end amps and receivers, a high-performance DVD player with HD up-conversion and a series of rack mounts. The line, which will come out with three- and five-year warranties, is featured in a new custom sales flier and in Petra’s Spring 2009 catalog, to be distributed in May.
Petra’s Python lineup features 13 security and remote-start products, including the new Responder HD, Python’s top-end remote start and keyless entry with a 1-mile range. Python is owned by Directed Electronics.
Petra’s inventory of Python products will be featured in Petra’s 12-Volt flyer, mailing now, and in the distributor’s spring catalog.
Both the ADCOM and Python lines of products, along with more than 20,000 more, can currently be found at www.petra.com.
FAIRFIELD, N.J. — DVE Distribution is going to carry high-end Samsung digital projectors from the new Joe Kane Signature Series launched at EH Expo in Orlando earlier last month. The SP-A800B and SP-A900B units use Texas Instruments’ DLP optical engine and will be part of a full family of home-theater products and accessories.
URBANDALE, IOWA — DSI Systems has set its schedule for its 2009 Electronic Expos beginning in Dallas on April 8, followed by Phoenix, April 29; Columbus, Ohio, May 6; Atlanta, May 13; and Des Moines, Iowa, on May 20. Each Expo will feature a “trade show-style environment” where dealers will be able to interact with all DSI vendors, the distributor said. In addition, DirecTV, LG, Mitsubishi, Monster, Pioneer, Sharp and Toshiba will conduct breakout sessions for small groups of dealer on specific products. Visit www.dsisystemsinc.com/dsiexpo to register.
Dallas — Consumer Electronics Expo 2009 will be held at the Embassy Suites Dallas-Frisco Hotel, Convention Center & Spa in Frisco, Texas, on May 30-31.
Hosted by The EDGE Distributors Group member Electronic Lane along with Electronic Lane Mobile, Sunbelt Associates & Distributing and Southwest Electronix, more than 600 dealers are expected to attend. In addition to last year’s returning co-sponsors — ERA Marketing, Lesco Distributing and PCI — this year distributors Elite Marketing and Integrators Depot join the roster.
Dealers planning on attending should register at hwww.ceexpo2009.com.
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