Rob Eby, vice president of purchasing for D&H Distributing, talks about this year’s Summer Mid-Atlantic Technology Show at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Pennsylvania. Held in mid-June, it featured around 100 vendors and boasted a 10 percent uptick in attendance.
DS: What new vendors were at the show for D&H this year?
Rob Eby: One we’re added was the TCL TV brand. The manufacturer, TTE, has been around for a long time and has done brands for others, and is now launching in the U.S. They have very competitive pricing. Another exciting new vendor there was ROBO 3D, a 3D printer line at very competitive price-points for our dealer base.
3D printing dovetails into something we did at the center of our show: a K-through-12 area. It featured information on hardware – Microsoft’s Shape the Future program, Google’s Chromebook and their management console – and on how our independent dealer base can get involved in that space. It was very exciting for them to see, and 3D printing is definitely a part of that. Printers are being bought by schools and kids are rendering art, and can see what it will look like in 3D.