San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
This headline, and many others similar to it, recently appeared online and in newspapers across the country, summarizing the findings from the latest (December 2011) Consumer Reports (CR) retailer satisfaction survey.
No doubt, many who do not subscribe to CR, but who saw these stories, would never have heard of the survey were it not for the brief synopsis appearing in their newspapers and online. Good news if you sell online, not good if you don’t, but as is often true there
Although Solid-State Drives (SSDs) have been manufactured since 1976, they didn’t begin to appear in more mainstream consumer applications such as mass-marketed notebooks until 2006. Today, with SSDs delivering so many advantages over hard disk drives (HDDs), a growing number of notebook manufacturers are offering them as the standard drive; and
using an SSD is no longer a matter of “if” or personal choice, but rather “when” consumers will use an SSD-
“Some 152 million shoppers say they will hit stores on Nov. 25, the day after U.S. Thanksgiving, up 10.1 percent from 138 million people last year, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation, an industry group.” Reuters November 17, 2011
“It’s an $800 TV for $200, so we figured people would be out here really early, and that’s a deal we didn’t want to pass up,
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While Amazon’s new price check application may seem great for consumers, in the long run it’s not good for anyone. Consumers only THINK they only care about the lowest prices. Sure no one wants to feel stupid for paying more than they should. This is one of the reasons that Saturn was successful for a while. If you bought a Saturn you were sure that no savvier buyer was paying less than you.
But, in truth, consumers need more than a low price. Price shopping alone is
I carry around both an iPhone and a BlackBerry (9700 with slide up keyboard). I have a lot of friends who do the same thing. Why are many people willing to put up with carrying around two SmartPhones when one would appear to be able to do an adequate job? The answer is email.
While people love their iPhone (or Android) SmartPhone because of the better user interface and easy way to find, download and use applications, these devices are not very efficient if all you want to do is read
I know, it’s summertime, but I’m running Christmas carols through my head. Maybe it’s just me.
“Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat,
Won’t you please to put a penny in the old man’s hat.”
In boardroom and marketing departments, in buyers’ meetings and manufacturers’ sales presentations, there are a lot of people — smart people — trying to figure out what will
There are a number of websites that provide historical average prices for any number of things. For example, in 1975 the average price of a new vehicle in the US was approximately $4,200, which seems cheap compared with today. In 2010 the average was just more than $29,000, or just less than 700 percent more than in 1975.
However, based on annual inflation since then, the $4,200 1975 average new vehicle price today should be around $19,000. So, for whatever reasons the price of new
Paul Semenza - Senior Vice President, Analyst Services, DisplaySearch co-wrote this blog.
HP announced today that it is “exploring strategic alternatives” for its Personal Systems Group and exiting the market for webOS devices, which includes its TouchPad tablet. For years, critics have been agitating for HP to exit the PC business. With the board and
By the time you read this the fact that Best Buy’s quarterly profit is off 30 percent, a figure close to the decline in their stock price over the last year, will be old news, as will explanations of why that is (”the economy is bad”, “there are no really cool new things to sell”, “others are struggling as well”, etc.)
Some of that is true but is it enough so to explain otherwise dismal performance, particularly when there is no other
In the 1970s, Gary Dahl made a small fortune selling Pet Rocks. It was, understandably, a gimmick. It was a rock in a box with a “Care and Feeding” manual. He sold thousands, maybe millions. I had one that I was given as a gift.It was a phenomenon — not unlike Cabbage Patch Dolls, Tickle-Me Elmo or other products that retailers could not keep on the shelf.
Some holiday seasons thrive on “gotta-have” stuff like this — or
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