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Andrew Nichols

Andrew Nichols

Andrew is a journalist and educator living in the Providence area. He was previously the Editor-in-Chief of a gaming and tech website, and the Managing Editor of his university newspaper, The Torch. He received his Bachelors in Writing and Masters in Teaching from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

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Andrew's Latest Posts

Distributors Identify Hottest Product Categories for 2021

While many distributors were unsure of how 2020 would pan out, 2021 is shaping up to be a massive improvement. Here are some hot product categories industry experts suggest keeping an eye on throughout the year.

Andrew Nichols · July 30, 2021

How Distributors Are Helping to Ease the Labor Crisis

Top distributors share their secrets to overcoming the pandemic and how they managed to help the industry overcome the labor shortage that impacted so many businesses.

Andrew Nichols · July 28, 2021

Distributors Get Creative to Solve Supply Chain Woes

Some of AV’s top distribution executives share their thoughts on how the industry managed to overcome the global supply shortage and continue to supply integrators with products.

Andrew Nichols · July 26, 2021

Global Smart Home Market Begins Significant Rebound in 2021

As the residential AV market continues to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic, global consumer spending on smart home solutions is expected to exceed $100B by the end of 2021.

Andrew Nichols · July 12, 2021

Immersive Audio Is Perfect Stepping Stone to Get Involved in Gaming

Installing immersive audio products is the perfect way for integrators to get involved in the huge gaming market with minimal risk.

Andrew Nichols · July 07, 2021

Hands-On: Platin Monaco 5.1 System Shows What WiSA Can Offer for Integrators

Integrators looking for a wireless audio solution for home theater installs should strongly consider the Platin Monaco 5.1 system, as it deftly handles high-res audio streaming and provides tons of install flexibility.

Andrew Nichols · June 29, 2021

VOXX, Sharp Acquire Onkyo and Integra for $30.8M

VOXX and its subsidiary will own approximately 75% of the joint venture while Sharp will own the remaining 25%. In addition, VOXX now gains the ability to market and sell Pioneer products.

Andrew Nichols · June 28, 2021

Polycab India to Acquire Home Automation Company Silvan Innovation Labs

As Polycab India looks to expand its research and development capabilities, the company has decided to acquire Silvan Innovation Labs for approximately $2.5M.

Andrew Nichols · June 21, 2021

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Where Are 8K TV Prices Heading?

Global semiconductor shortages caused TV prices to go haywire in 2020, but now display panel pricing fluctuation is narrowing the gap between 4K and 8K TV costs.

Andrew Nichols · June 14, 2021

These 20 Gaming-Centric Cities Offer Major Opportunities for Residential Integrators

As gaming surges closer to becoming the preferred entertainment medium for Millennial and Gen Z consumers, integrators would be wise to take note of the most gaming-centric cities in America and look for install opportunities.

Andrew Nichols · June 11, 2021