HTSA Adds New Sales, Marketing Tools

HTSA Adds New Sales, Marketing Tools

By Alan Wolf On Apr 16 2014 - 2:01pm




Barrington, Ill. The Home Technology Specialists of America buying group (HTSA) has launched an arsenal of enhanced tools to help members garner interest in home integration and capitalize on new sales prospects.

Following its recent 2014 spring conference, which drew record attendance, the group implemented three new initiatives:

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Best Buy’s Ballard Heading Retail, Again

Best Buy’s Ballard Heading Retail, Again

By Alan Wolf On Apr 15 2014 - 1:32pm

Best Buy's Ballard
Best Buy's Ballard


Minneapolis – Best Buy’s chief human services officer Shari Ballard has assumed the added role of U.S. retail president, in a return to earlier responsibilities.

The company didn’t announce the appointment, although Ballard’s bio has been updated on Best Buy’s corporate website.

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Staples Testing 3D Printing Service

Staples Testing 3D Printing Service

By Alan Wolf On Apr 14 2014 - 9:34am

Staples is testing 3D printing “experience centers” in two stores.
Staples is testing 3D printing “experience centers” in two stores.


New York — Staples is testing 3D printing services in two stores through a partnership with hardware and software provider 3D Systems.

The test stores, located in Manhattan and Los Angeles, feature what the No. 1 office-supply chain described as “an immersive 3D printing experience center” including demo areas and a photo booth, and are supported by a 3D Systems agent and Staples’ own copy & print associates.

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Channel Partners Expands Break Fix Service

Channel Partners Expands Break Fix Service

By Alan Wolf On Apr 11 2014 - 4:08pm

Break Fix can now deploy 500 “X-Pert” technicians to retail floors across the co
Break Fix can now deploy 500 “X-Pert” technicians to retail floors across the country.


Irvine, Calif. Channel Partners has expanded its Break Fix sales-floor services program by building a national on-site support team and an in-house troubleshooting desk.

The company, a unit of BDS Marketing, said the expansion follows the successful implementation and execution of Break Fix with several national chains and brands.

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HTC One M8 Smartphone Rolls Out Broadly

HTC One M8 Smartphone Rolls Out Broadly

By TWICE Staff On Apr 10 2014 - 1:36pm

HTC One M8
The HTC One M8 chassis is 90-percent aluminum.


Bellevue, Wash. – HTC’s new flagship One (M8), available since March 25 in Verizon’s brick-and-mortar stores, turned up today in the brick-and-mortar stores of other top carriers and in the stores of indirect retailers.

Since March 25, the phone has also been available from multiple online stores, including Amazon, Appalachian Wireless, AT&T, Best Buy, Bluegrass Cellular, Car Toys, Cellcom, Chat Mobility, Cincinnati Bell Wireless, Costco, Military Exchange, Net10 Wireless, Pioneer Cellular, RadioShack, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and Walmart.

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T-Mobile Disrupts LTE Tablet Pricing

T-Mobile Disrupts LTE Tablet Pricing

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 10 2014 - 12:36pm

John Legere
T-Mobile president/CEO John Legere


Bellevue, Wash. – T-Mobile lobbed its second price bomb in as many days by announcing plans to become the only major national carrier or retailer to offer LTE-equipped tablets at the same price as their Wi-Fi-only counterparts.

For a limited time starting April 12, T-Mobile will price LTE-equipped tablets, including Apple iPads, at the same price as their Wi-Fi counterparts for new and existing subscribers who activate the tablet on a contract-free data plan of 1GB or more. The savings on tablet prices are up to $130.

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PlumChoice Expands HQ

PlumChoice Expands HQ

By Alan Wolf On Apr 9 2014 - 1:21pm

PlumChoice CEO Bob Badavas said rapid deployment of IT support staff is crucial
PlumChoice CEO Bob Badavas said rapid deployment of IT support staff is crucial in a connected world.


Lowell, Mass. – PlumChoice, a leading third-party provider of customer IT support for retailers, manufacturers, carriers and other businesses, has added a 7,300-square-foot training facility to its corporate headquarters, here.

The expansion comes in response to a 48 percent increase in the company’s subscriber base since relocating here 18 months ago, and extends the headquarters space to more than 44,000 square feet.

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Nationwide Named Energy Star Partner For Second Consecutive Year

Nationwide Named Energy Star Partner For Second Consecutive Year

By Alan Wolf On Apr 3 2014 - 2:32pm




Washington – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Nationwide Marketing Group a 2014 Energy Star Partner of the Year for educating consumers about energy-efficient products.

The effort represents an “outstanding contribution” to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, EPA said, and will formally recognize the buying and marketing group for independent dealers at a ceremony here later this month. It will mark the second consecutive year that Nationwide has received the award.

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ProSource Debuts, Upbeat On Its Prospects

ProSource Debuts, Upbeat On Its Prospects

By Steve Smith On Mar 17 2014 - 1:19pm

Dave Workman (left) and Jim Ristow during this morning’s Pro Source meeting
Dave Workman (left) and Jim Ristow during this morning’s Pro Source meeting


Orlando, Fla. — Brand Source’s Home Entertainment Source all but officially became ProSource at this morning’s opening presentation here with Jim Ristow, co-president and chief business officer, and Dave Workman, co-president and COO, emphasizing the strengths of the $3 billion organization.

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Nationwide Adds Dealers, Sales & Services

Nationwide Adds Dealers, Sales & Services

By Alan Wolf On Mar 11 2014 - 9:12am

Nationwide is drawing in excess of 4,300 attendees from more than 1,300 member a
Nationwide is drawing in excess of 4,300 attendees from more than 1,300 member and vendor companies to its PrimeTime show in Las Vegas this week.


Las Vegas — The Nationwide Marketing Group rode a wave of dealer additions, rebounding appliance demand and “outstanding” furniture growth to add $1 billion in sales volume over the past 18 months.

And while the severe winter weather disrupted business for both retailers and manufacturers in January and February, the merchandising and marketing organization for independent dealers is reporting a rebound in majap order- writing in anticipation of pent-up consumer demand.

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