Rothfest Combines Good Deals with Good Times
As for what products are really hot, Bodnarchuk indicated that flat panels, Blu-ray and GPS are all doing well. “We have a nice mix of dealers as well as a mix of manufacturers so we try to simulate that good, better, best strategy,” he said. He also said he’s seeing growth of CE products in non-traditional CE retailers. “You’ll see flat panel TVs in department stores; you might might see iPod accessories in more various channels,” he noted.
Anthony Cioffi of Boulevard Pro said for his company, the economy had affected the commercial side more than the residential side. Large corporate jobs have slowed, due to companies slowing down their expansion, but residential business continues to be good. He said customers are looking for the latest HDTV technology and distributed audio systems. He also noted that advanced remotes are doing well, particularly for clients who aren’t quite at the Crestron-level. “Our success comes from our attention to detail,” said Cioffi. “We can get a wire anywhere.”
Rothfest was attended by a mix of small traditional CE/white goods dealers, high-end retailers and custom integrators, plus mobile electronics dealers. While it draws heavy attendance from the tri-state area, it was a national event with attendees from as far away as Seattle.