San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
The founders of Catalyst AV believe that their group is different from other U.S. distribution networks that preceded theirs. But before they could convince dealers and manufacturers that this was true, they had to convince themselves.
San Francisco – Olive Media, marketer of multiroom hard-drive music server/players, is developing its first all-in-one model to incorporate touchscreen display, hard drive, network technology, and amplifier in a single chassis.
The Olive ONE component, targeted to high-performance users, takes the shape of an aluminum-and-glass disc that lies flat on a table.
Tampa Bay, Fla. – Car stereo accessories supplier iSimple is expanding its distribution to Sears Automotive and Kmart stores.
The retail chains will offer products from the brand’s StrongHold line of tablet- and smartphone-mounting kits and several other products.
StrongHold products began appearing this month in 800 Sears Automotive stores, and about 1,200 Kmart stores will feature the products in a new display area called “The Gift Bar,” said Bogden Nedeclu, senior VP/GM of iSimple parent Aamp of America.
West Hartford, Conn. – Home automation supplier Legrand acquired multiroom-audio company NuVo as part of its continuing plan to acquire companies whose products complements its own, the company announced.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Legrand concentrates on the low-voltage entertainment, security, lighting, communication, and automation solutions for residential markets. Its other residential brands include OnQ, Vantage, and Biticino.
Scottsdale, Ariz. – Ingram Micro’s Consumer Electronics Division (IMCE) has inked a distribution deal with Blaupunkt to sell its car audio and Bluetooth enabled components.
The deal provides access to retailers in the western United States to Blaupunkt’s first class receivers, amps and speaker systems.
The initial product rollout will include 40 specially selected car audio components including iPod/iPhone compatible receivers, Bluetooth-enabled displays, subwoofers, speakers and amps.
Las Vegas — Audiovox went to the SEMA show armed with a variety of announcements, including the introduction of a rearview mirror with built-in navigation, and a new iPad mount and accessories line.
Canoga Park, Calif. — Precision Interface Electronics (PIE) will go to next week’s Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show to demonstrate OEM-interface technology compatible with the iPhone 5 and other Apple mobile devices equipped with the new eight-pin Lightning connector.
PIE said it expects to deploy the technology in a variety of new products in the coming year.
The technology is designed to be compatible with the iPhone 5, fourth-generation iPad, iPad Mini, and the latest iPod Touch and Nano. All come with a Lightning connector.