D&H Canada is strengthening its focus on the retail and consumer market, having appointed industry veteran Shawn Snobelen as its new national manager of retail and online sales.  As part of this effort, the distributor has grown its retail portfolio, partnering with significant vendors in the consumer space, including the recent addition of Dell’s consumer product line, which will be available to D&H customers in Q1.  

The decision to enhance resources in the retail segment was motivated by an ongoing increase in this end of the business for D&H.  Sales in D&H Canada’s retail business have risen consistently, with overall growth in this area of more than 15 %.  The company has seen many of its reseller and dealer customers move toward a mix of products ranging from networking technology, to entertainment devices, to personal computing devices, partly due to the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend and the general “consumerization” of products for both office and home environments. 

D&H offers its retail clients access its wide breadth of offerings, which encompasses consumer electronics, home automation, small business networking, physical security, gaming, audio, small appliances and more. 

Shawn Snobelen, D&H Canada’s new national manager of retail and online sales, brings more than 18 years of experience in both the IT and retail channel to the distributor, including positions with companies such as Brother, LG Canada, and most recently, Citrix.  He has a long history of successful management of major retail accounts and distributor relationships. “D&H Canada has been a growing force in the consumer space,” said Snobelen.  “As a distribution partner, the company is able to offer vital support for long-time retail partners as well as resellers who are focused on expanding their retail presence.  I look forward to leveraging my experience and D&H’s range of expertise to drive the company’s—and our customers’—success in this channel.”

Here are some of the retail products that D&H offers:

·      Wearable devices – In the areas of digital health, fitness technology, and video capture.  E.g., cameras that can be mounted in ski goggles or diving masks, like the Liquid Image Scuba Digital Camcorder.

·      Educational devices – Technology-based toys and tablets for children, such as the Ematic 7-inch, kid-friendly tablets, or the NABI 2 tablet by Fuhu.

·      Home entertainment technologies – Streaming devices; plus high definition and 3D units in categories such as television, audio and projection.  These include the FAVI products, such as the USB-based streaming media “SmartSticks” for the TV, and the BenQ 3D Ready DLP HD projector.

·      Cloud-based and digital storage:  The call for increased bandwidth will spur sales of storage devices, including cloud-based personal storage units such as the WD My Cloud NAS.

“D&H Canada has watched product trends converge and overlap over time, from networking to consumer electronics gear to mobility products.  The retail segment is becoming a more crucial component of our customers’ business,” confirmed Greg Tobin, general manager at D&H Canada.  “As we have grown with this marketplace, we have been impressed with Shawn Snobelen’s leadership and skills in managing vital retail and IT relationships.  We’re excited to have him aboard to navigate both areas.”