By Lisa Johnston
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Chester Springs, Pa. — Azione Unlimited, the educational and buying group for custom retailers and integrators, has bestowed its fourth ever Golden Goose Award to Integra.
The quarterly recognition is given to the Azione vendor member that provides the most profit to the group’s dealers during that period.
Integra’s award covers the fourth quarter of 2012.
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.
New York — NewBay Media has announced that Marcia Grand is retiring as VP/publisher of TWICE, the brand she helped start more than 27 years ago. Grand will remain with NewBay Media through the end of April in order to help the transition to new VP/publisher Ed Hecht, who is joining NewBay and takes over TWICE management effective immediately.
Harrisburg, PA – Case and mobile accessories maker Codi is working with distributor partners D&H Distributing and Synnex to implement a new value-added marketplace strategy.
The effort, dubbed PartnerPlus, provides turn-key solutions, tools and benefits to help value-added dealers increase their sales of Codi products. Benefits include preferred product allocations, deal registration, market development funds, partner-only promotions, best-in-class marketing and customer support, and Codi field-based resources.
Barrington, Ill. - The Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) will host its annual 2013 Spring Conference from Tuesday, April 2, through Friday, April 5, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Antonio, Tex.
This year's 2013 Spring Conference aims to build upon member relationships, encouraging attendees to inspire one another with innovative business strategies and marketing initiatives that can help propel the organization, and industry as a whole, forward, HTSA said.
Simi Valley, Calif. — Volutone, a member of the PowerHouse Alliance, has added the NuVo wireless audio system to its line.
The distributor said NuVo is designed for integrators seeking “true wireless audio for their customers.”
Volutone said of NuVo technology: “Filling your home with wireless high-fidelity music is what NuVo is all about. Designed by musicians, the state-of-the-art amplifiers are optimized for lossless digital signal flow, ensuring that every detail of your music arrives to the speakers just as the artist intended.”
Denver — Archos, a multimedia portable devices manufacturer, announced it has signed an exclusive distribution partnership with Wynit, a national distributor of digital imaging, technical graphics and consumer electronics.
Wynit will make the entire product line available to North American consumers through a variety of national retailers, e-tailers and small independent stores, Archos said.
St. James, N.Y. – Global Warranty Group (GWG) has entered into an agreement with SeniorTech to include its signature Wireless Protection Program with every activation of the vendor’s prepaid Snapfon cell phone for seniors.
GWG’s program offers comprehensive coverage, including lost, stolen, broken, accidental and liquid damage, for various types of wireless devices.
Charleston, S.C. – Walmart had the highest level of customer retention over the holidays while Barnes & Noble had the worst, a new retail survey shows.
According to a poll of 1,000 shoppers conducted Dec. 22-23 by America’s Research Group (ARG), Walmart retained 93 percent of its customer base while Barnes & Noble lost nearly 48 percent of its customers.
San Francisco – SquareTrade, a direct seller of competitively priced extended service contracts, has hired former Expedia.com chief financial officer Michael Adler to serve in the same role.
The company has also named Dina Furash as strategic partnerships senior VP.
Both appointments are effective immediately.
In his new post, Adler is responsible for SquareTrade’s global finance functions including financial planning and analysis, accounting, tax, and treasury.