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DeWalt Expands FLEXVOLT Cordless Tool Line Up

The popular tool company DeWalt has added tools to support its launch of the FLEXVOLT tool system.

Robert Archer · July 13, 2016

The Best Thing You Could Do for Your Business: Form an Advisory Board

Want to ensure your business succeeds? Here are four tips for a killer advisory board that you need to know today.

David Rodarte · July 06, 2016

Another Record Breaking Summer Show for PAA

Distributor Professional Audio Associates (PAA) held its annual vendor show with brands like TiVo and United Leather highlighting along with stalwarts LG, URC, Origin Acoustics, SpeakerCraft and others.

Chuck Schneider · July 06, 2016

AVAD Acquired by Private Equity Firm; Former Klipsch/Harman Execs to Lead the Co.

Kingswood Capital Management acquires AVAD, leading distributor of home automation and A/V gear for home-technology integrators, following the sale of parent company Ingram Micro to a Chinese conglomerate.

Julie Jacobson · July 05, 2016

Distributors Expand House Brands to Pump Up Integrator Margins

Distributors invest in house brands and add products from Apple, Bose and others to stem the growing retail/etail buying trend.

Jason Knott · July 05, 2016

Inside Maverick Integration’s New World-Class Showroom

Maverick Integration’s new showroom in Nashua, N.H., features vignettes featuring Bang & Olufsen, Lutron shades and Millson Custom Solutions, as well as a dedicated theater and rack-building facility.

Jason Knott · June 28, 2016

Want to Build a Strong Social Media Presence? Follow These 10 Steps

Custom integrators can win back that influence in the marketplace with this blend of ten offensive and defensive social media tactics to promote their business.

CE Pro Editors · June 27, 2016

How Tracking Technicians’ Time Helps Calculate Your Hourly Labor Rates

Using time-tracking software enables integrators to determine employee utilization rate to help set your hourly rates, but integrators also need to calculate ‘urgent’ vs. ‘normal’ hours.

Joseph Kolchinsky · June 24, 2016

Study: Electricians Swarm to High-Tech Commercial Jobs, Smart Homes Amid Unrest

Study by Klein Tools shows strong uptick in electricians working on ‘high-tech’ commercial projects and ‘home technology’ installations in 2016, as growing unrest from the recession still lingers in the field with 42% looking to move into related fields, including IT.

Jason Knott · June 22, 2016

Houzz Study: 33% of House Buyers Plan ‘Home Automation’ Upgrades

Massive study by home remodeling website Houzz reveals home automation is third most planned system upgrade, but still less than 1% of homeowners plan to hire a ‘media’ contractor; however, 4% are seeking ‘window treatment’ professionals.

Jason Knott · June 22, 2016