Legrand AV announced today that it has selected NuTech Group as its new manufacturers sales representative for the Mid-Atlantic region. NuTech will provide sales and technical support for the wide roster of Legrand’s residential custom integration lineup.
A new Axios-Ipsos poll has shown a marked turn towards more consumer optimism in American’s attitude about the condition of their lives under COVID. They are becoming dramatically more hopeful as the administration takes actions to step-up the availability of vaccines.
See the latest poll data on consumer COVID sentiment…[Read more…] about Consumer Optimism: Americans See a Light at the End of the COVID Tunnel
Vizio Holding Corp. (Vizio) filed an S-1 registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for an initial public offering (IPO) of its stock on the public market. Their offering is being handled by J.P. Morgan and BoA, both of whom will act as lead book runners for the offering. The company hopes to use the symbol VZIO on the New York Stock Exchange.
But this isn’t their first try at going public.
See more on the Vizio IPO filing…[Read more…] about Vizio Files Papers for an Initial Public Offering…Again
Auto Makers Now in the Driver’s Seat
Late last week, multiple news services reported that US President Joe Biden has signed an executive order directing a “broad review” of the supply chains for critical materials – critical materials that include, by the way, semiconductors. The fact is, this might not end well for Tech…
See why supply chain concerns are heightening…[Read more…] about Pres. Biden Orders Supply Chain Review; This Might Not End Well for Tech
A guest post by Paul Tamberelli
Long time industry executive Jason Baumann, most recently Regional Sales Manager for Yamaha, passed away unexpectedly on February 21, 2021 at his home in Frisco, Texas (a suburb of Dallas). Jason was just 59 at the time of his passing.
See more on Jason Baumann…[Read more…] about Yamaha Executive Jason Baumann Dies Unexpectedly
This week, AudioControl said it has awarded Market Share, a manufacturer sales representative firm, its 2020 Rep of the Year for their home audio products division. Market Share is based in the Pacific Northwest and covers the entire region, including Alaska.
See more on the AudioControl Rep of the Year…[Read more…] about Top AudioControl Rep for Home Audio Products in 2020 is Announced
Vanco continues to impress me with their wide assortment of solution products needed and used by integrators every day. But they aren’t just an outlet for useful tools and gadgets – they also know how to push the envelope in core product performance. No better example of that exists than their latest announcement of the launch of a new line of Ultra High Speed HDMI 2.1 cables.
These cables aren’t just fast…they are certified fast by HDMI themselves.
See Vanco’s latest line of Ultra High Speed HDMI cables…[Read more…] about Vanco Feels the Need, the Need for Speed, in New HDMI 2.1 Cable Line
By now you most likely have heard that Fry’s Electronics, a large electronics retail chain that featured big-format store footprints and often dramatic designs in a variety of wacky themes, has officially closed their doors. Since almost all of their stores were west of the Mississippi River – 31 in total across nine states at its high water mark – most of those bemoaning this loss are westerners…especially Californians.
But the fact is this is hardly surprising news as Fry’s has been basically a zombie for at least two years now.
See more on the zombie Fry’s closing…[Read more…] about Closing of Fry’s Electronics Proves That Even Zombies Eventually Die
That an exposition company lost money in 2020 is not surprising. That an exposition company (Emerald) that has cancellation insurance to cover lost revenues on every show they own that was cancelled during the year – and still lost $633.6 million in fiscal 2020 – is surprising.
See the Details Behind This Big Loss at Emerald…[Read more…] about CEDIA Expo & CE Pro Owner Emerald Expo Books $633.6 Million Net Loss
Earthquakes & Snowstorms Hit an Already Stressed Supply Chain
Since Strata-gee began tracking the story of our stressed-to-the-brink supply chain last year, the situation has only become more dire. Not only has the pandemic caused a once-in-a-hundred-years impact on the supply chain, but adding to that whipsaw from the collapse of demand to then off-the-charts demand, we can now add fires, earthquakes, and snowstorms to the mix.
It all adds up to a concerning level of stress to our supply chain that will impact product availability in multiple product segments, including residential and commercial technology.