New Partnership Expands Jabra’s North American Retail Presence, Delivers High-Quality Devices to Wider Base of Potential Customers
(NASHUA, NH, April 16, 2013) - Today, Jabra, the world’s leading manufacturer of wireless audio solutions, announced a new partnership with PRO Group (www.progroup.net), the large member division of ProSource. The partnership designates Jabra as an approved Authorized Vendor for the ProSource consortium of retailers in North America.
“In partnering with the PRO Group, we are excited to widen the Jabra brand’s footprint in North America with this highly-respected group of retailers that will now be able to sell our industry-leading products to brick and mortar and online retailers,” says Bruce Tripido, General Manager Jabra North America. “The PRO Group’s commitment to partnering with quality brands aligns with Jabra’s dedication to bringing premium products to the marketplace.”
Jabra’s expansive product catalog consists of innovative headset and speakerphone solutions, as well as a recently-launched new stereo line which includes the Jabra Revo wireless and Jabra Revo stereo headphones and the Jabra Vox ear buds.
“PRO Group is extremely pleased to be partnering with Jabra to offer another premium brand of headphones and Bluetooth portable speakers that can also provide a comprehensive portfolio of hands free devices for the telecom market,” says Dave Workman, Executive Director and COO of PRO Group.
The PRO Group is a 26 year old member owned, not for profit organization which has positioned itself through the years as the preeminent place for larger consumer electronics specialty retailers. PRO Group Retailer Members consist of some of the largest, most successful home and mobile entertainment regional retailers in the U.S. who are dedicated to advancing the latest technologies and customer services. PRO consists of a broad cross section of different retailer channels throughout the U.S. including brick, brick and click and on line retailers with best in class merchandising, roduct selection, product knowledge and services.
About PRO Group
PRO Group is the CE industry’s leading up-market buying group. In addition to coordinating purchasing, the Group facilitates idea exchange of best advertising, merchandising and training practices between its members. PRO Group’s membership includes: Bill Smith Electronics and Appliances, Bjorn’s Audio/Video, Car Toys, Crutchfield Corporation, Electronics Expo, Huppin’s/OneCall, J&R Music and Computer World, ListenUp, MODIA, Ovation Audio/Video, Rymax Marketing Services, Inc., Stereo Advantage, TransWorld Entertainment and World Wide Stereo. For more information, please visit www.progroup.net.
Founded in 2011, ProSource is a cooperative, member-owned, not-for-profit buying group that includes members of both Home Entertainment Source (HES) and PRO Group. With retail sales of more than $3.1 billion, ProSource is the largest specialty and consumer-electronics merchandising group in the United States, which allows it to negotiate stronger programs with manufacturers, helps independent retailers stay relevant to consumers, and keeps the specialty A/V channel competitive. ProSource leverages the assets of both HES and PRO Group, including PRO Group’s 26 years of industry experience, and the resources of HES and parent company, BrandSource, to offer unparalleled benefits to its members. ProSource currently represents more than 500 retailers and more than 950 storefronts. While PRO Group and HES maintain separate identities, ProSource represents as a single, combined and focused business to the vendor community.
Jabra is the brand of GN Netcom, a subsidiary of GN Store Nord A/S (GN) - listed on NASDAQ OMX. Jabra employs approximately 900 people worldwide and in 2012 produced an annual revenue which amounted to DKK 2,355 million. Jabra is a world leader in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of a broad range of hands-free communications solutions. With a reputation for innovation, reliability, and ease of use that goes back more than two decades, Jabra’s consumer and business divisions produce corded and wireless headsets, plus mobile and in-office speakerphones that empower individuals and businesses through increased freedom of movement, comfort, and functionality.
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