Brand Source Bolsters Web Presence
August 26, 2008

The Brand Source buying group is unveiling a newly revamped Web presence – the result of an 18-month-long overhaul that will “revolutionize the industry and put you way ahead of the big-box stores.” That’s what Brand Source CEO Bob Lawrence told attendees last night at the welcoming session for the National Convention and Buying Fair, held at Las Vegas’ Paris-Bally’s Center. “Today between four and five percent of appliance purchases are dot-com purchases. But between now and 2012, 30 percent of appliance purchases will shift to a dot-com purchase,” said John White, the group’s vice president for appliances, in explaining a key

MES, Directed Team Up
July 16, 2008

Mobile Entertainment Source announced Monday that it has reached an agreement with Directed Electronics to distribute several of its brands, including Autostart, Avital, Cobalt, Python, and Sirius, to its members. “As one of the industries leaders, Directed Electronics, Inc. is very pleased to be associated with Mobile Entertainment Source,” Directed’s vice president of sales, Steve Wood, said in a statement. “We recognize that the Expert Warehouse is a valuable tool in providing just-in-time inventory to specialty retailers and look forward to being part of the solution that M.E. Source provides for its members.” What do you think about this move? Talk about it

Mobile Entertainment Source Hits Milestone
July 11, 2008

The buying group Mobile Entertainment Source reached a key milestone this week, when it signed up its 75th member, Mobile Entertainment Magazine reported. Getting the honor was Al’s Stereo & Communications, which is located in Racine, Wisc. It only took Mobile Entertainment Source, which launched in March as a joint venture of Brand Source and the Mobile Enhancement Retailers’ Association, four months to reach 75 members.

Warrantech, BrandsMart Renew Deal
March 26, 2008

The discount electronics and appliances retailer BrandsMart has agreed to extend its relationship Warrentech Corp. for an additional five years, the companies announced Tuesday. The two companies have already been in business since 1990. ““When a company as respected as BrandsMart USA chooses to partner with you for more than two decades, it says something about your own organization as well,” Joel San Antonio, Warrentech’s CEO, said as part of the announcement. “ “It not only says you provide significant value to your partners and their customers, it also says you’re a leader that’s equally committed to excellence in your own right.” BrandsMart

NARDA, USA to Hold Regional Seminars
September 4, 2007

The North American Retail Dealers’ Association (NARDA), along with the United Servicers Association and Brand Source Service, will hold a series of business management and training seminars beginning this fall, and continuing into next year. Retailers who are not members of Brand Source can participate for a fee, which can be refunded if they join NARDA, USA, Brand Source. Technical training will be provided on Whirlpool, Fisher & Paykel and Samsung products The dates and locations for the sessions will be announced “soon,” Brand Source said.

Brand Source Adds Maytag to Roster
August 29, 2007

Brand Source has added 450 Maytag Stores and Home Appliance Centers to its membership roster and created a separate division for the dealers, the buying group’s CEO, Bob Lawrence, said during Day Two of the organization’s largest-ever national convention in Las Vegas. The relationship, which just became official after three years of talks, bringing Brand Source’s cumulative membership to over 4,000, was a natural fit for both entities, said Lawrence. “Maytag’s Dealer Council saw that all the programs we offer that support our members made sense for them. There was lots of common ground. They will continue to buy from Whirlpool/Maytag, as

HES Announces Sony, LG Deals At Brandsource
August 28, 2007

Brand Source’s National Convention & Buying Fair opened last evening at Bally’s-Paris Las Vegas with its CEO, Bob Lawrence, boasting pluses in show floor acreage, members in attendance and show length – extended by two days to accommodate an expanded agenda. But the most startling “plus” revealed by the group this first day was the addition of a significant vendor presence to its supplier portfolio -- with the surprise announcement by its Home Entertainment Source (HES) division that Sony and HES had entered into a contractual agreement that will allow high-end Sony-branded products to be fulfilled by HES’s high-end members through its Expert

Dealers Weigh In on HES/Brand Source Confab
April 3, 2007

Dealers in attendance at the Brand Source/AVB and Home Entertainment Source (HES) March Madness Summit, which concluded last week in Dallas, came in looking for good deals and a clear vision of what the industry’s future held, and expected to leave with at least some new ideas from hobnobbing with their peers. Those polled after the conference was held said they got most of what they sought. At the second-day general session, Brand Source’s Bob Lawrence outlined the roster of programs designed to keep this entity healthy, after it did $11 billion in sales in 2006 through its combined divisions. He also

Big Wheel, Turning
February 1, 2006

Nationwide Marketing Group rides the wheel of business, leveraging its programs, reaching out to new markets. By Janet Pinkerton It's hard enough to make one business owner happy and successful. Try doing that with 2,500-plus business owners. Unfathomably, Nationwide Marketing Group aims to do just that, addressing the diverse interests and needs of a membership body that now totals 150 core members, representing 2,500 companies operating 7,000 retail stores. Core members include Nations BrandDirect, United Stores Inc., the NECO Alliance of distributors and Nationwide West. It's a big ship to steer, and it's getting bigger and more diverse. Last year, Nationwide launched a Rent-to-Own