CustomRetailer December 2009 issue

 

Backyard Getaway Reinvented

CustomRetailer: Talk about how and why IDOD Designs was founded. What was the inspiration? And where does the unusual name come from? Michael Vetrovec: The name is derived from the phrase, "InDoor entertainment OutDoors." I joined the company to work with the two founders. Scott Barca, who is an integrator like me, was looking for…


Beyond Simplified Control

CustomRetailer: Xantech was one of the first out of the gate in the custom product space to address the need for simplified control of diverse A/V components in the home, and in designing ways for them to connect seamlessly. Now, many companies are on that bandwagon. What makes you stand out from your competition? Graham…


Commercial Integration Survey Results

A few months ago, CustomRetailer posed the question to its readers, "Are You Commercial?" Most of us understand that a current business opportunity is commercial design and systems integration. Manufacturers are talking about it, reps are talking about it, and the press is talking about it. The commercial business is very different than the residential…


Facing the Future Together

The Independent Professional Representative Organization (IPRO) Conference kicked off on November 5 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The members shook things up this year by having more interactive, personal discussions and roundtable workshops throughout the event.


Preparing for the Economic Recovery

"It's not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It's the will to prepare to win that matters." —Paul "Bear" Bryant Slowly, we are starting to see subtle signs of an economic recovery. While I certainly wouldn't tell you that we have completely weathered the storm, there are indicators that things will improve. If…


So Long 2009

December is here and the year is coming to a close. Besides thinking about the holidays, spending time with your family, and being thankful that a difficult year is coming to an end, now is the time to think about what this means for your company’s financials. Most businesses file tax returns on a calendar…


What a Year It Has Been

As the year comes to a close, I have been reflecting on my year as Project Manager of CEDIA's Survival of the Fittest program. I've been thinking about what I've learned from the 10 free Webinars presented to CEDIA members, as well as the panel held at CEDIA EXPO 2009. I've also been thinking about…


What A Year!

It's December. What a year. Don't know about you, but I'm glad it's over...but wait a minute, while this has been a painful year for so many of us in so many ways, I have learned an enormous amount. Haven't you?


Your Vision For 2010

CustomRetailer asked manufacturers, distributors, buying groups and others: