– Nationwide Marketing Group (NMG) said recent growth in membership has increased its total sales volume by over $200 million. Recent dealer additions include former NATM chain Queen City, as well as California’s Friedmans, Friedmans Appliance Center and Airport Home Appliance. NMG executive VP Robert Weisner said four of the top 20 U.S. appliance dealers are now Nationwide members, underscoring the group’s continuing growth. Queen City, which was an early member of Nationwide, was incorrectly listed in a recent TWICE combined Top 100 Retailers supplement as still being affiliated with NATM.
TEAC To Supply PRO
— TEAC America will begin supplying its CE products to the Progressive Retailers Organization (PRO Group), including its high-end audio Reference Series 2010 line. In August the group said it would also carry Harman Consumer’s mobile audio products under the Infinity and JBL brands, and earlier this year PRO brought in Speaker- Craft’s line of custom speakers and electronics
LG, Conn's Host Free CE Recycling
– LG Electronics and Conn’s, along with Waste Management Recycle America and CBS Radio, joined forces to provide free CE recycling to Dallas-Fort Worth residents on Sept. 11. The event was part of the LG’s recycling program, designed to provide consumers with a convenient way to dispose of unwanted CE. Every participating family received a coupon for $25 off on any LG energy-saving HDTV, 42 inches or larger, good at any of the 19 area Conn’s.
Separately, LG teamed with Best Buy in promoting 3D TV during the first 3D telecast of an NCAA football game, when Virginia Tech took on Boise State on Labor Day evening.
ADI @ CEDIA
– Distributor ADI will be attending CEDIA Expo in Atlanta later this month to highlight its lineup and hold a sweepstakes and other special events. Attendees who visit ADI at Booth 1636 can pick up an ADI Play List program and learn about the latest CE technology, win vendor giveaways and enter a daily drawing for a Mitsubishi 60-inch DLP 3D-ready TV.
ADI is also sponsoring the CEDIA Learning Labs to provide attendees with a hands-on educational experience using the latest technology, the distributor said.