Deciding what accessories to stock is a delicate balancing act in good years, but in challenging times it becomes an even more precarious practice.
Volutone announced plans Friday to distribute RTI Control Systems in California and Southern Nevada. In addition, the distributor will add Sunbrite-TV and Pixel products to their line up. Volutone V.P. of Purchasing Trevor Hansen said, "Our dealer base has been asking for RTI for years and now we can offer this great line up to them," adding, "With summer right around the corner and more people investing in backyard entertainment it was an easy decision to add Sunbrite-TV LCD televisions to our line up."
The Van Nuys, Calif. AVAD Vend-O-Palooza, was held on Thursday April 9, and it may be the largest of 20 such events held across the country.
“The real estate situation has had a definite impact here.” So said Wilshire Home Entertainment president Mike McMaster, a local L.A.-area hybrid custom retailer who offered the understatement as he was buttonholed in the corridors of the Long Beach EH Expo. McMaster’s remark was in sync with stats presented at a morning seminar that showed West Coast housing starts January through September down 27.1 percent – more than in the Midwest (-26.5 percent), South (-25.7 percent) and Northeast (-14.5 percent). But he is optimistic that builders, who he said are “throwing in value-added extras like flooring” in order to break the
Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) has expanded its global presence through partnerships with three new distributors in Europe, the Middle East and South America. The company has added Adventure LTD for the United Kingdom and Ireland; Imagine Technologies for Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and Audiogene for Brazil. Peter Baker, vice president of sales and marketing for RTI, said, “Our new international relationships are part and parcel to RTI’s future growth in sales globally as well as the expansion of our reputation as a true leader in the electronic control industry.”
CSAV Inc., vendor of mounting solutions, announced the appointment of Troy Peifer as chief financial officer (CFO). He joins Chief from Flexi-Mat Corporation, where he was the CFO for the last nine years after being a controller for three years. Peifer is a CPA and holds a B.S. degree in accounting from Illinois State University and an MBA from Northwestern University. Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI), announced that Andrew Werdean has joined the firm as the new western regional sales manager. Werdean will be responsible for managing distribution of RTI products in the western United States and for servicing RTIÅfs increasing dealer base in the territory.
System control vendor Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) revealed its new www.rticorp.com site, which highlights a variety of custom applications. The site also has been enhanced with improved navigation and more dealer tools, including a private area for dealers. “The goal was to show RTI and its award-winning products in new applications which installers may not have thought of before,” said Brett Stokke, RTI’s director of technical support. “We also wanted to increase usability for our current and prospective dealers and installers.” The private dealer section includes firmware downloads, downloadable training videos and information about RTI’s Advanced Control University live and online training
It's a little ironic that the term "remote control" has come to identify the device that TV watchers have the most direct, personal contact with. The ability to control from a distance originated with radio-controlled motorboats developed by the German navy during World War I. Imagine how those engineers would react to a modern home theater showing a DVD of Titanic. A better term might be "central command," to reflect today's broad capability to customize the functions of audio and video systems according to the needs and preferences of the individual customer. And perhaps too often, remotes are a neglected sales opportunity for dealers