SnapAV to Open 3 More ‘SnapAV Pro Store’ Distribution Locations

SnapAV Pro Stores now have 23 locations across the U.S., with more three more locations planned before year’s end.

SnapAV to Open 3 More ‘SnapAV Pro Store’ Distribution Locations

SnapAV has added new distribution branches in Plainview, N.Y., Houston and Dallas.

While COVID-19 has upended many businesses in 2020, SnapAV is continuing to expand its local distribution presence with the opening of three new SnapAV Pro Stores in Houston, Dallas and Plainview, N.Y. At the same time, the company has expanded existing Pro Stores in Troy, Mich.; Carmel, Ind.; and San Diego.

According to Wally Whinna, SnapAV senior vice president of Local, expanding reliable same-day product availability and strengthening personalized service is enabling SnapAV integrators to complete jobs and stay on schedule.

“Because of the pandemic, integrators increasingly want to keep their own inventory at a minimum and utilize SnapAV Pro Stores as an efficient inventory solution that provides same-day product pick-ups,” Whinna says. “This reorganization of the supply chain is benefitting every participant and simplifying the procurement of hard-to-get products as third-party manufacturers transitioned their logistics to large, single-site orders instead of many smaller shipments directly to integrators.”

“Our research showed that integrators like being able to pick up custom integration products locally.”

— Wally Whinna, Sr. VP of Local, SnapAV

The SnapAV Pro Store program started in 2018 and already has 23 locations in major metro markets throughout the country. The company plans to continue its local-presence growth with the addition of three new stores in the Southwest and Southeast by year’s end.

“Our research showed that integrators like being able to pick up custom integration products locally, and this unprecedented time has only increased the value of local, physical product availability,” Whinna explains. “SnapAV now has more physical stores than any other custom integration-focused distributor, and our network of Pro Stores continues to grow every quarter with new locations and store expansions.”

In total, the company has added tens of thousands of square feet of wholesale floorspace to support the needs of SnapAV integrators nationwide. Each store is stocked with SnapAV’s catalog of CI products in addition to popular third-party components that are in high demand, such as high-end TVs and lighting systems.

(From left) Chris Gibby, Volutone marketing director, Gary Usher, Volutone training director, and Johnathan Dawson, RTI’s director of business development– Western U.S., give a thumbs up to SnapAV Pro Stores and their growing local presence.

The expansion of SnapAV Pro Stores also adds to the company’s ability to host regional training sessions, although in-person training has been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, each physical store took full precautions to protect their staff and customers, following all social distancing and facial covering ordinances and enacting strict disinfection and cleaning protocols.

“We want our valued integrators to know that we are here to support their businesses, and we are taking bold steps to ensure their projects can continue uninterrupted,” Whinna adds. “We’re all in this together, and by trusting and supporting each other, SnapAV, its integrators, vendors and end customers are propelling the growth of custom integration solutions all across the country.”

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Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald's Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California.