Stampede XtraCare COVID-19 Program Launches
Distributor Stampede has initiated the Pro-AV-industry-specific Stampede XtraCare Program to provide employees with extra protection and resellers with business relief and facilitation tools, as well as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits, to enable them to complete projects in a safe and secure way.
“Commercial A/V is an essential infrastructure industry, as defined by the federal government, but the industry is being challenged on every front to remain viable in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Stampede President & CEO Kevin Kelly. “Supported by the strength of our corporate resources, Stampede is making available to employees, resellers and manufacturer partners a comprehensive lifeline that includes SafeXSound Care Packages, a PROAVXchange online marketplace that can turn product into cash and FleXFinancing,” Kelly said.
According to Kelly, free SafeXSound Care Packages are now being shipped directly to every Stampede employee. Each package contains 3-ply surgical masks, hand sanitizer, powder-free gloves and the gift of audio in the form of a Bluetooth speaker or headphones. The kits are for personal use only and are not meant to be sold.
SafeXSound Care Packages are now also being made available to Stampede resellers and manufacturer partners at cost. For every kit purchased by a partner, Stampede will ship an equal number of care packages to the healthcare community. “In addition, by leveraging our superior global supply-chain we were able to source N95 masks that we are donating to New York State healthcare professionals,” Kelly added.
Stampede has also created the PROAVXchange online auction hub where resellers can turn slow-moving product into cash that is needed to operate their business. “For many resellers, liquidity is the number one challenge they face, after health and safety,” Kelly said. “The PROAVXchange provides resellers with an opportunity to sell product for a price that is most likely greater than what a bank would offer. What’s more, Stampede is prepared to repurchase product directly from resellers on a case-by-case basis.”
Stampede is also working with all credit-worthy customers to roll out FleXFinancing that extends existing and future invoices payment terms by 30 days. The company is also offering resellers a new AV as a Service (AVaaS) plan that provides end users with a monthly payment option that enables them to upgrade to the most up-to-date technology in the future. Resellers will get paid in full up front, according to Kelly.
Finally, the company is undertaking a review of all open projects and working with resellers to identify any changes that are required to meet their evolving needs. “We are also working very closely with our resellers to restage product orders in order take advantage of immediate sales opportunities being created by the COVID-19 virus in verticals such as K12 education, higher education, healthcare and restaurant hospitality, where many end-users are deploying customer-facing digital signage systems to communicate updates to their takeout customers,” Kelly explained.