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Reeling in Resellers

It takes much more than mere products for wholesale distributors to lure dealers and integrators today. These suppliers are baiting their offerings with value-adds galore to catch resellers hook, line and sinker.

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In our present age of constant innovation and emerging technologies it has never been more critical to ensure the smooth and continuous flow of new products into the marketplace. For security dealers and integrators, wholesale distribution is the hub that makes that happen. Distributors are responsible for providing a wide-open, unencumbered channel that allows resellers to deliver goods as promised to their customers at prices everyone can live with.

Because competition is as fierce in wholesale distribution as it is in the security installation business, today’s distributors must work harder than ever to earn the patronage and loyalty of dealers and integrators, which in turn become beneficiaries of this heightened state. Consequently, these suppliers must distribute much more than just products.

Representatives from a half-dozen of the security industry’s best-known wholesale distributors explain how their companies are bringing more value to the table with a host of tools and services aimed to help their reseller partners boost their technical, business and bottom-line success. There is much on the minds of these “middlemen,” as they also weigh in on the hottest-selling products and the most tantalizing opportunities.

Finger on Pulse of New Technology

Wholesale distributors have perhaps the industry’s best vantage point to survey the security landscape and assess which technologies, product categories, brands and models are the most popular or are ramping up. Of course, that perspective is influenced by the types of product lines and market specializations of the particular distributor.

Not surprisingly, video surveillance is the most in-demand area, one in which affordability and greater capabilities continue to progress at a breakneck pace. In addition to the continued migration from analog to digital to networked and high-definition video that fuels sales of DVRs/NVRs, encoders and cameras, software advances are expanding and deepening the market beyond core security functions.

“The technologies in video surveillance cameras are rapidly evolving and are creating new opportunities,” says Matt Powers, technical director of security solutions for Anixter. “For example, new applications such as people counting, process monitoring and live public viewing for event marketing are creating demand for electronics that support functions outside of traditional video surveillance. This includes producing higher image resolutions, operating capabilities for remote locations, such as onboard storage and unique power solutions, and on-camera software integrations for analytical functions like license plate tracking.”

Other areas generating a higher volume of orders include those associated with managed/remote services and access control, interactive and smartphone-enabled services, and for more adventurous integrators, digital displays. Intrusion detection, boosted by sexier user interfaces and mobile apps, is also robust. The basis for most of this is proper connectivity and so ensuring the integrity of transmission channels is another high-growth realm.

“Networking and wireless products continue to gain traction. Products including routers, switches and servers are becoming increasingly important for integrators that are expanding into the networking side of the business and offering more than just end points,” says ScanSource Security President Tony Sorrentino. “Providing complete solutions is helping dealers, resellers and integrators to stay competitive and strengthen partnerships with their end-user customers.”

In many instances, some or all of the aforementioned technologies are being integrated via application programming interfaces (APIs) on the network enabled by software development kits (SDKs) and, increasingly, open and interoperable architectures. These occurrences have elevated the technical awareness and sophistication of clients and hastened the need for integrators to step up their training and knowledge. These trends are paving the way for seamless, true systems integration and delivering end-user customers with total solutions, an objective in which wholesale distributor partners can assist.

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About the Author
Scott Goldfine
Scott Goldfine is Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of Security Sales & Integration, directing all editorial aspects of the magazine brand in print, electronically, online and in person. The voluminous, innovative and award-winning body of work he has distinguished himself with since joining the publication in 1998 includes groundbreaking research, landmark features, leadership roundtables, high profile case studies, and many industry exclusives. Well versed in the technical and business aspects of electronic security (video surveillance, access control, systems integration, intrusion detection, fire/life safety), Goldfine is a nationally known figure in demand as an industry presenter and subject matter expert to mainstream media. He is responsible for developing many unique products and programs, including the SSI Industry Hall of Fame, Control Panel (industry’s first E-mail newsletter), Police Dispatch Quality (PDQ), Marketing Marvel, Installers of the Year, Integrated Installation of the Year, Security Industry Census, Systems Integration Study, Installation Business Report, Operations & Opportunities Report, Commercial End-User Study and Security’s Fantastic Fleets. Recognized for his relationship building, integrity and lead-by-example ethic, Goldfine is a solutions-oriented team player who advises and collaborates with industry dealer/integrator, consultant, distributor, central station and manufacturer icons, luminaries and executive business leaders on a daily basis. He is also actively involved in several security events and organizations, including the Electronic Security Association (ESA), Security Industry Association (SIA), Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA), PSA-Tec, SAMMY Awards, International Security Conference and Exhibition (ISC), Electronic Security Technology Summit (ESTS), Mission 500, Electronic Security Expo (ESX), ASIS Int’l, Honeywell CONNECT and other supplier conventions. Goldfine also serves on several boards, including the CSAA Marketing and Communications Committee and PSA Cybersecurity Advisory Council. A certified alarm technician, former cable-TV tech, audio company entrepreneur, and lifelong electronics and computers enthusiast, Goldfine graduated with honors from Cal State, Northridge with a management degree in Radio-Television-Film. His professional media endeavors have encompassed magazines, Internet, radio, TV, film, records, teletext and books. Goldfine resides in the Charlotte, N.C., area with his wife, son and three cats.
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Thanks. Nice Article.

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