Directed Electronics

Directed Electronics' Viper SmartStartGPS Goes Global
October 13, 2011

Directed Electronics is taking it's Viper SmartStartGPS remote starter global. The SmartStart app allows users to remotely unlock and start a vehicle using an iPhone, BlackBerry, or Android phone.

MERA Adds 15 KnowledgeFest Exhibitors
July 6, 2011

The Mobile Electronics Retailers Association (MERA) announced this week that it has added 15 exhibitors to next month's KnowledgeFest event.

DEI Holdings is Acquired
May 12, 2011

DEI Holdings, Inc. announced Thursday that it has been acquired by Charlesbank Capital Partners. The deal is for $285 million, including assumption of debt, and has been approved by both boards.

Driving 12V Sales in Motor City
May 1, 2011

Mickey Shorr, the 16-store mobile electronics specialty retailer owned by ABC Warehouse, is making the very best of a very bad situation.

Detroit, the city around which most Mickey Shorr stores orbit, lost a quarter of its population from 2000 to 2010, and unemployment in the Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn metro area hovers around 12.7%.

Nationwide, mobile electronics remains a tough business. After U.S. factory sales tanked 36% from 2008 to 2009, 12-volt is on the upswing, although CEA projects 2011 wholesale in-vehicle electronics revenues will total 27% less than 2008’s high.

Mickey Shorr Named Top Viper Retailer
March 18, 2011

Michigan-based mobile electronics chain Mickey Shorr said Friday that it has been named by Directed Electronics as #1 in per-store sales of the Viper vehicle security and remote start product.

What They’re Thinking: Gary Shapiro
December 22, 2010

Gary Shapiro's new book, "The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream," contends that America should return innovation to the heart of its economic policy. Billed as "a blueprint for America's success in the new century," the book will be available on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.

Why did I write the book? I'm passionate and believe in this country and its greatness and want to preserve it. I can't stand to sit by passively while a great country is being destroyed.

Second, as a relatively new father... I look at my son, and I think 'My God, what kind of world he will inherit, and what have we done?'

The third is combined with what is best for the consumer electronics industry: the United States' need for a healthy economy. I have an economics degree, and almost anyone with an economics degree agrees with me: Our country is going the wrong direction.