By Lisa Johnston
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Fort Worth, Texas — ProSource, the specialty A/V and custom integration division of the BrandSource buying group, has added MartinLogan to its vendor roster.
Founded in 1983, the Lawrence, Kan.-based manufacturer is renowned for its hand-crafted, high-performance electrostatic and thin-film “folded motion” loudspeakers.
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.
Chester Springs, Pa. – Azione Unlimited (AU), the education/buying group for custom retailers and integrators, has released its schedule of conferences, webinars and meetings for the balance of the year.
This month the group will hold its Spring Conference at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas March 19-21. More than 150 members are already registered to attend, AU said.
Next up is a member meeting in New York June 24-26 during CE Week.
On Sept. 10, the group will convene again for its annual AU member cocktail party at the Tilted Kilt at CEDIA.
Washington – The major appliance industry got off to a mixed start in 2014, with factory shipments rising 2.1 percent in January.
According to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), which compiles the monthly wholesale data, the gains were concentrated in room air and microwave ovens, and masked steep declines in home laundry, down 10.8 percent, and refrigerators/freezers, down 10.1 percent.
Gas ovens saw the biggest drop last month at 34.5 percent, while chest-style freezers and trash compactors followed with declines of 22.5 percent each.
Tustin, Calif. — Home Entertainment Source (HES), a specialty CE division of the BrandSource buying group, will debut three new vendors at the groups’ annual spring meeting next month.
The new additions — Access Networks, Altona and Screen Innovations — will be on display at the 2014 Summit & Expo, slated for March 16-19 at the Marriot World Center in Orlando, Fla.
Chester Springs, Pa. – Azione Unlimited (AU), the education and buying group for custom retailers and integrators, is celebrating its second anniversary this month.
Founder/president Richard Glikes said 24-month milestones include a membership roster of 125 dealers and vendors; a 143 percent increase in sales with vendor members; more than $2 million in program rebates and discounts; and four three-day conferences, with a fifth slated for March 19-21 at the Hard rock Hotel in Las Vegas.
Tustin, Calif. – BrandSource is rolling out a retail-tracking program for dealers based on Apple’s iBeacon technology.
The location-based mobile marketing platform uses short-range, low-energy Bluetooth transmitters that can communicate with customers’ mobile devices in stores.
The beacons can transmit guided assistance including special deals and promotions, timely offers based on purchase history, video product demos, and other marketing content.
New York — ShopKeep POS, a Cloud-based point-of-sale (POS) retail-management platform, has announced the rollout of ShopKeep Mobile, a handheld POS device combining Griffin Technology's Olli hardware with the ShopKeep POS app.
Griffin’s Olli is an iPoud Touch case with a barcode scanner and magnetic card reader originally designed for the healthcare market.
Bundled with the ShopKeep POS app, the ShopKeep Mobile case allows for sales transactions anywhere in a store or a remote location.