The NECO Alliance's yearly conference this week in Connecticut was a chance for members to access new buying opportunities while networking with fellow dealers to discuss common business challenges and review pro-active solutions.
Buying group executives make the case for why retailers should consider joining a buying group. Here’s our conversation with Anthony Bruno, executive director of the NECO Alliance.
The buying group adopted a new, larger venue for its annual dealer show, in tune with its expanding business
Nationwide Marketing Group is launching a retail initiative designed to turn the practice of consumer showrooming on its head. At its PrimeTime! Convention at The Sands Convention Center at Las Vegas’s Venetian this week, it presented membership with the option of signing onto what it is calling its Info-Pad program
As the winter slogs on into early spring, fewer customers are trafficking CE, appliance and furniture retailers. To adjust, retailers are running leaner, meaner and smarter than ever. For help, retailers are looking to their buying groups—networks of like-minded peers—for guidance, cost-saving strategies and empathy.
Directors of some of the most prominent consumer electronics buying groups recently talked to Dealerscope about the state of business and what they’re doing to help their partners soldier on. Here are some excerpts, taken from Dealerscope’s upcoming buying group roundtable, which focus on the impact Circuit City’s demise will have on the independent retail channel.
NECO Alliance’s annual EXPO XI, held last month at Connecticut’s Foxwoods Resort and Casino, despite overlapping with the custom industry’s CEDIA Expo, drew a record attendance of 1,560 and sold out its allotted vendor space, according to the group’s executive director, Mel Hunger. “There was just no downside for anyone who attended,” said Hunger. “It was an upbeat show, and everyone was very positive, with a good outlook for fall. Everyone knows that there will be some shortages in CE and also price erosion, but we expected that and have forecasted well, so we’re getting lots of the products we’re
The NECO Alliance announced this week that Anthony Bruno has been named director of merchandising, a new position that will have him managing sales and marketing for all of the alliance’s brands. Bruno spent 19 years in sales and marketing positions with Maytag, and most recently worked for the appliance distributor Eastern Marketing. He will work out of a satellite office in Shoreham, N.Y. Honeywell this week named a special sales team to concentrate on the sensor products associated with security installations. The team consists of five internal representatives and 11 outside regional sales representatives.