Andy Oxenhorn

Azione Unlimited announced Wednesday that Kim Michels, President of Electronic Environments of New York City, is the newest member of its Founders' Board. 

You can tell something’s taking hold in the retail channel when, without actually looking, it hits you from all sides and from a variety of sources. The overall message became clear while I was editing the stories for this month’s issue: To survive in this tough environment, in which competition increases as fast as margins fall, retailers of all stripes must take the initiative to recommend full solutions to their customers and clearly explain the services they offer to optimize, maintain and upgrade those solutions. Ignore the full solution—the combination of hardware, software and services—and you’re leaving dollars on the floor. This isn’t new. What

The last three years have not been kind to the mobile electronics aftermarket. But there are still plenty of reasons to be upbeat about the future, as long as we all do a good job of recognizing opportunities and acting on them. One driver fueling those opportunities is that young people are into music more than ever before. The club scene is huge and an intense musical experience lies at its core. Music has also become a bigger part of an active lifestyle. Wakeboarders would not think of performing their routine without music, while snowboarders listen to music on their iPods or on outdoor sound

The 2007 International CES saw the In Car Experts (ICE) buying group convening both an advisory board meeting as well as a retailer party. On January 7, the group held their Retailer Advisory Board meeting/dinner. The board met with ICE board of directors member and Director of (Australian buying group) Car Audio Master Michael Stephens and discussed the Australian mobile electronics market. January 9 saw the group throwing its first independent retailer party at the Hard Rock Hotel Pool. Over 350 attended, including the Worldwide Managing Director General Manager of Pioneer Mobile Entertainment Business Group, Akira Haeno. Awards were handed

Independent retailers come together to create a better dashboard democracy By Brett Solomon MERA's (Mobile Enhancement Retailers Association) annual KnowledgeFest, this year held March 12-16 in Louisville, Ky., was the beginning of a battle cry for independent retailers to form an alliance against automobile manufacturers who are making it more and more difficult to install aftermarket products in new vehicles. On Saturday, March 13, retailers, manufacturers, and everyone else in attendance was welcomed to the Town Meeting on OEM Integration. A panel discussion ensued led by OEM Integration stalwarts Rob Putnam of SoundGate, Ira Marlowe of BlitzSafe, Ron Freeman of Peripheral Electronics,

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