CE Pro Presents 2017 Quest for Quality Awards: Service Is Still King

By CE Pro Editors · April 4, 2017 • More than 7,400 votes from integrators identify the CE Pro 2017 Quest for Quality Award winners for outstanding customer service, tech support and more.

New Rep Firm, Distributor Launch in New England

By Jason Knott · March 3, 2017 • Novus Distribution and NewLine Reps open in suburban Boston to serve residential and commercial integrators. Grand opening set for March 28.

Houston Integrator Leverages Popularity of IP to Grow Hardwired Surveillance Business

By Advertorial · February 16, 2017 • Not ready to settle for finicky wireless IP solutions, iEvolve Technology finds a formula for success with Lux surveillance cameras.

Voice Control War Officially Begins in Custom Channel: Google Home Available via Capitol Sales

By Jason Knott · February 7, 2017 • Google Home voice control is being sold via channel distribution at Capitol, joining Amazon Echo in its line card.

Catalyst AV Revenue Grows 23% in 2016

By CE Pro Editors · January 25, 2017 • Catalyst AV network of 11 privately owned distributors had cumulative revenue growth of 23% in 2016, a record for its members.

Don’t Be Afraid to Diversify Your A/V Integration Business

By Dennis Holzer · January 25, 2017 • Residential integrators who branch into new opportunities, like security, have an advantage with the growing number of tech-savvy consumers.

AVAD Announces 7 New Branches, 2 Distribution Hubs

By CE Pro Editors · December 15, 2016 • Distributor AVAD announces new branches in San Diego, Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Boston, Houston, Charlotte and Denver; distribution hubs in Baltimore and Phoenix; and a sales resource in northern Florida.

AVAD Vendopalooza 2017 Tour Features 13 Dates

By Robert Archer · December 13, 2016 • AVAD's Vendopalooza 2017 dealer tour will make stops in Boston, New York, Scottsdale, San Diego and Toronto. Dealers will have the opportunity to meet with more than three dozen manufacturers during these shows.

Having a Beer with CE Pro: WAVE Talks about Equipment Margin, Labor Crunch

By Advertorial · November 29, 2016 • WAVE Electronics VP Ainslie Fukuda discusses how the distributor is helping integrators maximize their equipment margin, improve their efficiency in the field and find qualified labor.

Vizio Gains Big-Time Traction in CE Market

By Jason Knott · November 23, 2016 • PowerHouse Alliance's decision to carry broad Vizio line of TVs was met with trepidation, but is paying dividends for the distributor and for integrators.

AVAD Initiates Radical Business Model Change

By Jason Knott · November 10, 2016 • Distributor AVAD will move away from reliance on physical branch locations to centralized distribution centers, expanded field sales force with call centers, and web portal for purchasing. New Experience Centers will be opened.

MRI Expo Touts New Look for 2016; Draws 400 Attendees

By Jason Knott · November 1, 2016 • MRI Premium Distribution Services gathered 400 integrators for its 15th annual Expo, which had training sessions on the exhibit floor.

Who Knew Philips Made a 4K HDR Blu-ray Player? And Other Goodies from Capitol Sales

By Julie Jacobson · September 19, 2016 • Denon’s DN-300Z is a ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of audio, Philips makes a 4K HDR Blu-ray player, every dealer should carry doorbell cameras in their vans … and more from distributor Capitol Sales at CEDIA 2016. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

SupplyStream Changes Name to ‘Portal,’ Eliminates Dealer Fees, Launches iPhone App

By Jason Knott · August 31, 2016 • New for CEDIA 2016: Online product catalog, distributor and proposal software company SupplyStream announces corporate rebranding to Portal. The company has also eliminated its $29/month membership fees and created an iPhone app.

New CEO Discusses Vision for AVAD as Independent Co.; a Return to CEDIA

By Julie Jacobson · July 28, 2016 • CE Pro interviews new AVAD CEO Tom Jacoby after the distributor was acquired by private equity firm Kingswood Capital: “We don’t see this as a broken company that needs to be fixed." (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

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