NAD gets a 'fresh start' with UK retailers

NAD C316BEE amplifier

NAD is to radically overhaul the way it sells its range of hi-fi and home cinema products in the UK, in a bid to improve its customer service.

In future, NAD's product line-up will only be sold through retailers and custom installers who have a NAD Sound Academy-certified member of staff.

Armour Home, which distributes NAD in the UK, will no longer supply NAD products to high street stores and online retailers known for heavy discounting.

While that may limit the number of discount deals, Armour says the new policy will provide better customer service.

Customers will be invited to special in-store demonstrations and events where they can listen to a broad range of NAD products, including NAD Master Series electronics and PSB speakers.

Participating dealers will also benefit from online staff training for technologies such as Blu-ray and HDMI.

Called Fresh Start, the new strategy is due to be in place by the end of August, in time for NAD's 40th anniversary.

"What we want to achieve through this process is to ensure the purchasing experience meets the expectations of an ever-more discerning customer," says NAD brand manager Alex Munro.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.