DDG: Launchpad’s Almost Complete – Takeoff is Imminent

In late December 2012, just days before the January Consumer Electronics Show, there was a relatively significant shift in alliances in the world of national distributor groups that we reported on. First we learned of the creation of a new … Continue reading

Catalyst AV Adds IC Realtime Security to Vendor List

Catalyst AV, the newest national distributor group, announced yesterday that it has added IC Realtime Security to their vendor line-up. Catalyst AV is made up of eleven regionally based rep/distribution companies. The group launched officially at last month’s Consumer Electronics … Continue reading

IC Realtime to Become ProSource Vendor at Upcoming HES Summit

ProSource, which bills itself as the country’s largest specialty and consumer-electronics merchandising group, announced today that IC Realtime would become a vendor for the organization at their upcoming HES Summit taking place February 17-20, 2013 at the Orlando Marriott World … Continue reading

DDG Scrambles to Rebuild in Wake of Member Defections

The world of national distributor groups often resembles the ever-shifting sands of the desert – members change, vendors change, and its relative market position often changes. So it is a radically changed world in which the Digital Delivery Group (DDG) … Continue reading

Wally Whinna’s New Catalyst AV Distributor Group: AVAD Part Two?

The industry is abuzz about the recently announced launch of a new national distributor group known as Catalyst AV. While the emergence of a new distributor group has been rumored for months, the formal announcement came out just last week. … Continue reading

Sandy Thrashes Thunderball Marketing

Thunderball Marketing, Inc., an Avenel, NJ-based distributor of consumer electronics and pro-DJ equipment was hit hard by hurricane Sandy last week, with facilities losing power and two co-located warehouses subjected to a shocking level of water damage. Thunderball’s Alan Henslovitz … Continue reading

Energy Squad Wants to Help Integrators to Catch the Green Wave

Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest. When I ask business owners and executives to tell me why they started their business, you’d be surprised at the mushy gobbledy-gook I’m often offered in response. So when strata-GEE.com readers at the … Continue reading

Grace Motif’s John Caldwell to Handle U.S. Sales for Indy Audio Labs’ Acurus & Aragon Brands

In an association that is somewhat unique in our industry, Indy Audio Labs, LLC, (IAL) the company that manufacturers the Acurus & Aragon high-end brands, has hired John Caldwell, founder and CEO of Grace Motif to handle sales for the … Continue reading

After 62 Years, New Jersey’s M. Rothman & Company Sold to Z. Reiss

>BREAKING NEWS< In news that is likely yet another indicator of the depths of the struggles of the consumer electronics industry, M. Rothman & Company, Inc. – a large consumer electronics distributor based in Ramsey, New Jersey and a one-time … Continue reading