CustomRetailer March 2012 issue

 

Fresh Is Internal….

To remain competitive and buoyant, take a step away from your world and see it with 'fresh' eyes. A large part of the economic dynamic we are all experiencing requires shifts in perspective, which, if directed at the right elements, can reap good results. Look inside your firm, deep into the processes, the 'how' of your purpose.


From Point A to Point B

Providing reliable network connectivity to remote IP security cameras or extending coverage to guest homes, boat docks and outbuildings can be a considerable challenge.


How to Increase Sales & Productivity

Based in The Woodlands, Texas, Forefront Innovation has over 50 years of cumulative experience in the design, implementation and aftercare of whole-home digital automation systems. Providing full lifecycle, digital automation and integration services for the luxury home, Forefront Innovation is a pinnacle system integration company serving the greater Houston area, including The Woodlands, Magnolia, Conroe and Tomball.


Kicking Off Spring

Spring is the best time to approach your existing customers about bringing their
entertainment outdoors with the season’s hottest gear.


New & Improved

Last month CustomRetailer's Maureen Jenson and members of CEDIA's board joined together for a webinar, "CEDIA 2.0: Looking Forward. Moving Ahead. Increasing Your Bottom Line." Questions poured in before and during the webinar. If you've ever wondered what CEDIA is doing to increase your bottom line check out some of the questions your fellow industry members asked us.


Re-evaluating the Security Option

Several years ago, hours after a burglar made a thwarted attempt to break into my home, I remember thinking, "If I was smart I would get into the security business." Well the time has definitely come for many integrators to look at the possibility of including security in their client skill-set options.


Solar-Panel Systems & Commercial

When Bradley Floyd dipped his toe into solar about four years ago, just before the residential custom market took a negative turn, he had been riding the industry wave like most everyone else. "I didn't want to start another business," said the president of Phoenix-based Bradley Electric and owner of Ace Solar Systems, a separate company he runs that handles solar-panel installations.


The Future of Home Integration

For most consumers, home power management is rapidly becoming an economic necessity. Increasing global demand for energy—led by China and other developing countries—is now increasing the price of energy, and will continue to do so into the foreseeable future.