D&H Fall Show Spotlights Interconnectivity at Home and Beyond
A look around at the 100-plus vendor mix on the exhibition floor of D&H’s Mid-Atlantic Fall 2014 Technology Show, held Wednesday, Nov. 5 in Hershey, Pa., not far from company headquarters, was proof of the degree to which this distributor is committed to keeping up with the quickening pace of the rise of consumer interest in “Internet of Things” products – that is, devices and brands that enable and enhance services and systems interconnectivity within the home and beyond.
According to Rob Eby, vice president of purchasing at D&H, consumer interest in wearables, specifically, “has gone from zero to 60 very quickly – and that speed will grow even more rapidly” as their desire to track health information and then share it with their doctors accelerates. “Wearables was a real surprise; we thought it would be a niche product category – a product that consumers would get an not use. It’s not a gimmick or a fad, though. The sheer numbers we’re doing in this business have made it much bigger than we’d expected, and that will progress into next year, as more devices come on board to let you track information,” he added, saying that Apple’s ultimate introduction of its Watch will only enhance consumer awareness and desire for wearables.
D&H, for its part, has added IoT vendors like Runtastic this year, as well as smart thermostat brands Ecobee and Nest and lighting solutions brands like Keelight to meet the growing needs of its dealers. Another newly acquired vendor – Quirky – offers a number of unusual accessories devices as well as a unifying hub that connects devices through a single app.