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There are many reasons dealers are so dependent on their distributor partners. Their knowledge, service and support are the backbone of dealers’ businesses all over the country. So, who better to ask than these distributors about what categories and brands are hot right now? From security to home audio, from the connected home to wireless accessories, distributors have it all.
Distributor Petra industries hosted its 11th Annual Car Audio eXpo on Sunday, April 21st in Edmond, Okla. 26 manufacturers demonstrated products including Boss, Clarion, Cobra, Directed Electronics, Dual, Magellan, Parrot, Pioneer, Scosche, SiriusSX, Wilson and more.
12 volt retailers and technicians rarely have adequate time for training. We generally seem crunched for staff development time. It’s changing ‘what we do’ or ‘how we do it’ each day. “OEM electronics are no longer simple,” says Andy Wehmeyer, a global product line manager at Harman Consumer Group. “We need more skills than ever to provide consumer value in a successful and profitable installation bay.”
At 2013 CES, Directed Electronics showed off the addition of Siri capability to its Viper SmartStart Bluetooth remote start iPhone app. With Siri on an iPhone, a car can be remotely started using voice control.
Watch John Durbin, director of project management, SmartStart, demonstrate the Viper SmartStart app using a Bluetooth connection.