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AVAD Announces Partnership with PRO Group


AVAD LLC, North America’s leading distributor of custom home electronics, has announced a partnership, effective immediately, with PRO Group, the consumer electronic industry’s leading up-market buying group.

PRO Group assists in the coordination of purchasing between its 16 nationwide members while facilitating an open exchange of the latest trends and tools in advertising, merchandising and training. All members help bring the industry’s leading customer service programs and valuable retail experience in their respective markets.

“We are pleased to have formed this partnership with PRO Group,” said Michael Gleason, vice president of sales for AVAD. “We certainly understand the resources required to manage inventory on a wide array of products. Through this affiliation we are able to provide PRO Group’s dealers with a complete solution for all of their custom installation needs and the technical expertise to back it. AVAD continues to be the sole vendor for dealers who previously relied upon managing multiple custom electronics vendors.”

“AVAD can provide PRO Group dealers quick access to these vendors from our 37 fully-stocked US locations allowing them to more efficiently manage their inventories,” Gleason added. “They will also have access to the unique product often required to deliver sophisticated solutions where and when they want them. Additionally, AVAD will also take back unused product ensuring that their inventory doesn’t get bloated by products they no longer need. ”

PRO Group’s membership includes Abt Electronics, Anderson’s, Bjorn’s Audio/Video, Car Toys Inc., Crutchfield Corporation, Electronics Expo, Flanner’s Home Entertainment, Home Theater Store, Huppin’s/OneCall, Ken Crane’s, ListenUp, MyerEmco, Ovation Audio/Video, 6th Avenue Electronics, Stereo Advantage and Vann’s of Montana.

“It is important in today’s world to find the best logistics solutions for each part of a retailers business,” said David Workman, executive director/COO of PRO Buying Group. “AVAD has successfully demonstrated an ability deliver critical inventory for the custom sale in a ‘just in time’ manner that effectively minimizes many of the hidden costs associated with these types of transactions. We believe this new relationship will enhance our members’ profitability in this very important part of their business.”

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