The evolution of in-vehicle technology By Brett Solomon It may seem almost inconceivable that the mobile electronics industry is about the same age as Dealerscope, but everything in early automobiles, including the ignition systems, was controlled mechanically (ignition systems were controlled via mechanical "points and condensers"). Everyone takes for granted that you can hop into your car, click the key and it will start instantly. But mobile electronics are responsible for the evolution of the car as a reliable, safe and relatively economical mode of transportation. It is electronic technology that has harvested the caveats of the modern vehicle. And the electronic technology revolution

Retail rules no longer apply when you start to build a custom installation business By Jeff Hoover President, AudioAdvisors Inc. President, CEDIA This is the first in what will be a series of columns written by prominent CEDIA custom installers—myself, included—to provide Dealerscope readers an education tool on specific problems you may encounter when moving into the custom business. You'll learn about the nuts and bolts of such subjects as project engineering, project management, training, job costing, labor estimating techniques, and compensation. From the art of the proposal to customer retention practices, these articles will help you understand the world

Slave (to PC Inventory) No More By Janet Pinkerton Building PCs for customer orders taken at retail: Manufacturers want it. Retailers want it. This next step in supply chain management could mean more precious margin--for vendors and, maybe, retailers. Ah, but to do BTO well: to offer the customer what they want, keep component inventory tight but available, deliver on time, maintain quality assurance/quality control, build the volume needed to make it all worthwhile. Therein lies the challenge. Circuit City is readying a multivendor build-to-order pilot that is to launch in August, with Compaq, Hewlett Packard, IBM and NEC Packard Bell slated to particpate.

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