Brightstar Launches Retail Services Div.
LAS VEGAS — Brightstar, the wireless industry distributor, has created a new retail services division to support its wireless customers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The new unit, announced at last month’s CTIA Wireless 2010 show, here, focuses on four areas to help generate demand for wireless devices: e-services, retail marketing services, device management and customization, and business intelligence. Each service area consists of a dedicated team of IT architects and specialists in product management and development that develop solutions to help customers be more “responsive, agile and targeted in the marketplace,” Brightstar said.
Patrick Stokes, president/COO of Brightstar U.S., said the program was an outgrowth of “our ongoing work over the past several years with key players in the wireless industry, including operators, retailers, manufacturers and other partners,” which provided “invaluable insight into the business triggers that can boost wireless product sales and enhance overall consumer shopping experiences.”
Pioneer, WildBlue, P’sonic Pro Join DSI Expo
DALLAS — Pioneer, WildBlue Satellite Internet and Panasonic’s professional display line have joined this season’s series of Electronic Expo events by DSI Systems. The newest exhibitor additions will conduct breakout sessions with dealers and provide hands-on training and individual time for questions on the show floor, the distributor said.
DSI’s line shows kick off here on April 7 at the Embassy Suites, then move on to the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines on April 28 before wrapping up in Ohio at the Columbus Convention Center on May 12. Other exhibitors include DirecTV, Haier, LG, Mitsubishi, Monster, Onkyo, Pinnacle, Sharp, Toshiba and Yamaha. For more information visit
Almo Debuts Display; Adds Niles To Pro A/V Div
PHILADELPHIA — Almo, the national distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances, has developed a trade show display that recreates the look of a retail sales floor. The display, which debuted last month at the MEGA buying group’s spring convention in Orlando, Fla., was created to provide retailers with total home entertainment display solutions. Almo will showcase the new format at its 2010 Consumer Electronics & Appliance Expo shows in Atlantic City, N.J. (May 4- 5); St. Louis (July 28-29); Cincinnati (Aug. 3-4) and St. Paul, Minn. (Aug. 12).
In other Almo news, the distributor’s professional A/V division has added Niles Audio’s commercial audio products and accessories to its line card. The 77-SKU selection includes system integration amplifiers; Cat-5 Baluns; IR systems; in-wall, ceiling and indoor/outdoor loudspeakers, and a variety of Niles MultiZone products.
DBL Adds Atlantic Technology
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. — DBL Distributing, the CE distribution division of Ingram Micro, has signed a deal to distribute Atlantic Technology’s home-theater and custom-install speakers. DBL now carries the full line of Atlantic Technology’s in-wall and freestanding speakers for home theater, architectural audio and high-end music listening, the distributor said, including its new 7-channel surround Soundbar home-theater sound system, several lines of fl oorstanding and bookshelf home-theater surround systems, new in-ceiling speakers with IP addressability, and a variety of in-wall theater speakers, including some that are THX Ultra2- certified. For more information, visit
Capitol Offers Actiontec Adaptors
EAGAN, MINN. — Capitol Sales, a national distributor to residential systems contractors, retailers, light commercial contractors and premium incentive resellers, has added Actiontec Electronics’ coaxial and powerline carrier (PLC) Ethernet data solutions to its line card. The Actiontec assortment provides retrofit solutions for sending Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) and Home Phoneline Networking Alliance (HPNA) Ethernet data over coaxial cables, as well as solutions for sending data via PLC using standard AC wiring.
“Considering the number of homes with Blu-ray players and flat-screen displays with Ethernet inputs, we believe that Actiontec’s data solutions offer a real, demonstrable benefit to end-users,” said Jeff Kussard, Capitol’s strategic development director. Offerings include the MoCA network adapter, which bridges the divide between coaxial cable and Ethernet networks, and the MegaPlug A/V 200 Mbps powerline network adapter kit, which relies on standard AC wiring to create a 200Mbps network throughout the home.