Technology solutions provider Distec has partnered with Vestel Visual Solutions to provide a complete digital signage solution alongside existing technology partners. The new partnership introduces a complete end-to-end solution to Distec’s digital signage offering and has opened up a new distribution channel for Vestel.
Distec provides a range of interactive digital signage solutions, including commercial grade touchscreen monitors and computers, Point of Sale systems (POS), digital signage players, interactive indoor and outdoor kiosks, plus digital signage software. This new partnership adds non-touch large format displays to Distec’s portfolio, and it can now offer Vessel’s Professional High Bright Signage Displays (PDH Series) with sizes ranging from 43 – 55”. These fully customisable displays enable users to show entertaining and lasting images to customers, even in brightly lit locations.
Vestel is the world’s number one producer of interactive flat panel displays and one of the top three global manufacturers of TVs and digital signage. The company, which provides solutions for industries such as retail, education, hospitality and corporate sectors across seven continents, is recognised for its cutting-edge designs and high-quality standards. It has R & D facilities in Turkey, China, and the UK, and will be launching a series of new products later this year and throughout 2021, which will allow easy integration with software such as NowSignage CMS.
This new partnership further complements Distec’s partnership with digital signage software provider NowSignage, whose cloud-based intuitive CMS system gives customers ultimate control to send targeted content to any screen at any time. The partnership also brings new opportunities with several hardware partners, including AOPEN’s Chromeboxes, the first commercial grade Chrome OS for digital signage devices and Advantech’s media players, which offer pre-imaging, build and custom BIOS support from entry level up to ultra-slim, multi-display and OPS series. Used in combination with CMS, Distec can now offer a complete digital signage solution for commercial displays, including retail, fast-food and hotel environments.
Commenting on the partnership, Noel Sheppard, General Manager of Distec said: “Digital Signage remains one of the biggest growth markets, especially considering the important role it is playing in enforcing social distancing guidelines. By expanding our portfolio with Vestel Visual Solutions, we can offer our customers a truly end-to-end digital signage solution and I am excited to have Vestel on board.”
Chris Moore, B2B Sales Manager, Vestel, added that: “This new relationship with Distec will bring together a vast amount of history and experience, giving customers local logistics support from a global leader in digital signage solutions. Vestel fills a clear gap within Distec’s digital signage portfolio, while Distec strengthens our personal approach to distribution through the strength of our partners. This latest long-term and strategic partnership will help to provide customers, across a variety of industries, with a one-stop shop for all of their AV needs.”
Pro AV sales are growing once again. This month, the AV sales index (AVI-S) reached 53.7, indicating growth for the first time since February. This represents an increase of 3.4 points from June, when the index’s 50.3 mark suggested no net change. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows yet, as this month’s figure represents only slow growth. But the operative word is “growth,” and all signs point to it continuing.
This month, AVIXA folded in questions from the weekly COVID-19 Impact Survey which ran from March until the end of June. The top finding from the additional questions is that panellists report a year-to-date revenue decline of 20.8% versus the same period for the previous year. Staffing was steadier, dropping 9.0%. Despite these big declines, providers show optimism for recovery, with a clear majority anticipating revenues to get back to pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2021.
Second quarter GDP numbers came out for key markets, revealing the steep economic toll our world has paid so far this year. The EU statistical office reported that the eurozone second quarter GDP dropped 12.1% from its first-quarter figure, which was already down 3.6% from the end of 2019. U.S. numbers released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis showed an even worse situation, with a second-quarter drop of 32.9% on the back of a 5.0% first-quarter drop. The silver lining of these figures is that they roughly matched expectations. Economists and business leaders knew such massive declines were coming, so measures like equity markets did not significantly change in response to the news.
In May, North America exceeded the rest of the world by 10 points. In June, North America exceeded the rest of the world by 10 points. In July, 10 points again. This unchanging gap between the two geographies means both are experiencing the same trend. Given the positive nature of the trend in the AVI-S in recent months, the equality of change is a good thing. We do note that the gap places the two regions on the opposite sides of the neutral growth line. For now, our international respondents are still undergoing slow contraction, while our North American ones are experiencing growth on average. Given current trends, the international side should reach growth territory in September, though August is possible.