By Lisa Johnston
New products on display at the American International Toy Fair, held in N
In going through the many news and blog alerts in my email address this morning, much has been written since late last week about Samsung’s deal to open departments of its products in Best Buy.
I could bore you with the many links, but the stories/blogs fall in the following camps: It is a brilliant move by both Best Buy and Samsung; it is a move by Samsung to threaten the Apple departments in Best Buy; it is a terrible move for Samsung due to all the added expense; and it is an
Dolby Laboratories isn’t talking, but there don’t seem to be any major technical hurdles getting in the way of migrating the company’s Atmos surround-sound format from digital cinemas to home theaters in rather short order.
Atmos, launched in the digital-cinema market a year ago, has appeared in more than 30 theatrical releases, has gained the support of seven major Hollywood studios, and has been implemented in more than 90 movie theaters in 28 countries.
A number of experiments are currently underway by big-box chains to leverage their real estate and ally with Internet companies to better compete with e-tailers.
Among the former, Best Buy is reportedly carving out some space for Samsung adjacent to its mobile departments to herald the arrival of the Galaxy S4. The new Samsung mobile shops would be similar to the chain’s
No Facebook did not rescue my neighbor’s cat from a tree nor did Twitter pull a child from a burning home, but the two websites managed to turn a potentially bad customer experience for me into something positive.
Backstory: My wife and I spent a few days visiting stores in search of new everyday dishware. Yes, I lead an exciting life...
After having no luck we decided to do our shopping online. We were both a little concerned about making such a purchase online. My worry
Walmart’s announcement that it will be testing the use of physical lockers at local stores — another method for consumers to pick up purchases — made the rounds on the internet yesterday.
Economist/pundit Charles Krauthammer has come up with an interesting proposal that would solve the Cypriot banking scandal and open Apple up to new investment opportunities.
On Fox News he suggested that Apple simply buy the entire island for the cost of the bailout. The first payment of about $13 billion is due in April. Krauthammer said this equates to about a quarter of Apple’s available cash, so it is eminently doable.
However, his best suggestion is renaming the
If you’ve read some of my previous posts, you know I advocate “complete experience” merchandising. Consumers want the “best” price possible, however, not at the expense of everything else.
The product must be “right,” and that includes before, during and after sale support, and of these three, none is more important than what happens after. If they’re not happy, both the retailer and the manufacturer will suffer.
I recall much
The executives we interviewed provided us with plenty of suggestions in both CE and non-CE categories. But almost in unison the executives said retailers should
Excuse us if we don’t panic over a news report out of Japan earlier this week that the industry’s leading champion of plasma TV technology, Panasonic, is allegedly ready to pull the plug and discontinue a technology that many perceive as still producing the best picture in the business, and certainly the best value.
Why, you may ask, the hesitancy to report this big news? The source of
Well, all good things must come to an end. After more than 40 years in this industry, I will be hanging up my CE guns and spurs as I head into the great unknown of retirement.
I thought it might be fun to offer my retrospective on some of the changes in consumer electronics that I’ve experienced since 1972 when I found myself injected into this industry. Hop aboard my way-back machine and take a trip with me down memory lane.
My first real CE job, after discharging from
Steve SmithStaples: Guilty By Association?
Keith LehmannConsumer Electronics And The “Always-On Consumer”
David AndersonWill Bricking Smartphones Thwart Theft?
Joseph PalencharDTS Measures Audio’s Pleasure Potential
Richard Glikes‘Share Doesn’t Pay The Bills. Profits Do!’
Anna GrayPssst … You Are Not Alone
John LaposkySony Offers Unique Look At A World In Miniature
Joseph PalencharNo Carrier Price Wars?
Stephen BakerIt’s a Sad Day for the PC Industry
Alan WolfSuper Bowl’s Other Upset
Steve SmithAmazon, Wall Street & the ‘Expectations’ Game
Doug OlenickFacebook And Twitter: A Show About Nothing