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CE Pro 100 in 2019: Lighting, Recurring Revenue, AI, and Efficiencies

Members of the CE Pro 100 share thoughts on which new technology categories and markets they plan on expanding into, shoring up operations efficiencies, hiring and retaining talent, customer service and RMR strategies.

Arlen Schweiger · June 05, 2019

Best Buy to Focus on Total Tech Support as ‘Giftable’ Holiday Item

Best Buy reports strong Q3 revenues and ups forecasts for 2019. In-Home Advisors and Total Tech Support programs will spur growth.

Jason Knott · November 21, 2018

Home Automation and Alarm Giant Vector Security Adds Retail Location; More Coming

$300 million alarm and smart-home provider Vector Security opens second retail location with hands-on home-automation demos; plans national expansion of retail storefronts.

CE Pro Editors · November 14, 2018

A/V Shop Sells Almost $280k in Samsung 8K QLEDs in 4 Hours

CE Pro 100 integrator Just One Touch/Video & Audio Center sells $285K in Samsung 8K TVs during wine-and-cheese event to early adopter clients.

Jason Knott · November 01, 2018

Alarm-Industry Giant Vector Security Opens Retail Shop, Touts Pro-Installed Home Automation

The 2,300-square-foot store features security demos and smart home automation technology, like the company’s own Amazon Alexa skills used to control smart locks, IoT lighting, and HVAC.

CE Pro Editors · August 08, 2018

Monster Products Files $300M Cryptocurrency Offering for ‘Monster Money’

Iconic Monster Products looks to pivot to blockchain and cryptocurrency from halcyon days of premium speaker cables; files S-1 with SEC for “initial currency offering” (ICO) of 300 million Monster Money (MMNY) tokens.

Julie Jacobson · May 31, 2018

Kohl’s Puts Amazon Smart-Home Hardware, Staff in Stores Ahead of Holiday Season

Kohl’s customers in 10 stores across Los Angeles and Chicago will have a chance to test out and purchase Amazon Echo, Dot and Fire devices — and sign up for Amazon Smart Home Services for in-home consultations.

Chelsea Cafiero · September 13, 2017

Inside the Vivint Smart Home Stores at Best Buy: A Huge Paradigm Shift

CE Pro’s Julie Jacobson visited several Best Buy stores in San Antonio, Texas, where Vivint Smart Home is testing a new business model for selling and installing security and home automation systems.

Julie Jacobson · March 24, 2017

UPDATE: JCPenney Plays Gender Card, Launches Home Automation Biz and Pro Installation

Capitalizing on its large female customer base, JCPenney is the latest big-box brand to get into home automation with new “Home Services,” featuring Samsung SmartThings and and other smart-home systems. [UPDATE: JCP is not installing the smart-home equipment, just the other five Home Services categories.]

Julie Jacobson · March 16, 2017

Report: HHGregg to File for Bankruptcy Soon

Indianapolis retailer HHGregg with 229 stores in 20 states is due to file bankruptcy in the coming days, according to news reports.

Jason Knott · February 24, 2017