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ProSource Anticipates Big Turnout For Summit

ORLANDO, FLA. – ProSource, the A/V dealer and custom integrator division of the BrandSource buying group, may see record attendance at its annual spring Summit here this week. The draw: a full slate of seminars, keynotes and best-practices forums.

Also on tap are keynote speeches by key vendor partners including Frank Sterns, audio video specialty/custom integration VP at Sony Electronics; Jeremy Burkhardt, CEO of Origin Acoustics; and Jim Caudill, CEO of D&M Holdings.

The event piggybacks BrandSource’s own Summit & Expo March 1-4 at the Orlando World Center Marriot, where newly named CEO Jim Ristow will take the group’s reins, succeeding longtime head Bob Lawrence.

CEA, NRF Laud Port Pact

SAN FRANCISCO – The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the National Retail Federation (NRF) praised the Obama administration for helping to settle the nine-month-long labor dispute affecting 29 West Coast ports.

An estimated $1 trillion in cargo passes through the docks each year, including CE products from Asia, and shipping delays took a toll on holiday sales, merchants told TWICE.

In separate statements, CEA president/CEO Gary Shapiro and NRF president/ CEO Matthew Shay thanked the White House for its leadership, and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker for bringing the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) together.

Shay urged action to prevent “this nightmare scenario” from reoccurring, while Shapiro called on the president and Congress to develop “a long-term solution, legal or legislative, that will avoid these types of standoffs.”

Sony Taps Netsertive

MORRISVILLE, N.C. – Digital marketing firm Netsertive will begin providing localized campaigns for Sony Electronics’ top-performing custom integrators, the two companies announced.

Under the agreement, Netsertive will offer tailored, turnkey programs featuring Internet search, display and mobile assets designed to draw qualified local traffic.

The resources will initially be made available to top-tier “Diamond” dealers within Sony’s custom integrator-specific channel (CIS), followed by qualified A/V retailers.

The localized campaigns will focus on 4K Ultra HD TVs and front-projection systems, and ES A/V receivers and high-resolution audio players.


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