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The AVC Group, which includes the Elan, Niles, Xantech, Sunfire and ATON brands, said this week that it is consolidating its independent sales rep network from 45 firms to around 15.

The industry has suffered some product constraints during the last year, as vendors take a cautious approach to sales during the recession.

Mobile electronics retailers and installers have been hanging out with their buying public since day one. From guerrilla marketing excursions in high school parking to car shows to concert venue, smart mobile retailers are there, especially when their business needs a quick shot of nitro.

What product trends and new technologies intrigued attendees at the Denver convention this year – and how do they expect those products to help them better their businesses, with the dreaded Black Friday/fourth quarter just around the bend? Here, a couple of opinions from those we bumped into on the show floor on Day Two… John Flanner, Flanner’s Home Entertainment, Brookfield, Wisc.: “It’s been a really good CEDIA Expo. From what I’ve seen here, the industry is clearly trying to provide more complete customer solutions. The focus in the last couple of years has been on TV technology, but that’s less

By Janet Pinkerton Audio/video electronics distributors who survived the 1970s' and '80s' shakeout are profiting from manufacturers' and dealers' recent return to two-step distribution. Distributors also report they are retooling their businesses to mine new niches, including custom installers, new retail venues, expanded territories and Internet sales fulfillment. According to Douglas Jones, Samsung's central regional sales manager, in 1997, Samsung's dealer base totaled 500 dealers, but then it reduced its in-house sales force, reduced its direct customer base to about 180 accounts (determined by both dollar volume and/or geographic location) and gave the balance of those accounts to about a dozen distributors. The result

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