By Lisa Johnston
New products on display at the American International Toy Fair, held in N
2012 started with rumors about Apple TV and it ends with rumors about Apple TV.
With all the Apple TV talk going back to last year, you would have thought we would have seen a product by now, but that wasn’t the only surprise this year. There were plenty of others.
For instance, who would have thought when the industry gathered for International CES in January that by April Best Buy’s CEO Brian Dunn would be thrown out the door? Maybe some did, due
Sears Holdings announced Thursday that New York Mets player development VP Paul DePodesta has been elected to its board of directors.
For us baseball fans, DePodesta is best known for his stint as the assistant general manager for the Oakland A's under GM Billy Beane. Beane became fascinated by the young Harvard grad with an economics degree, who was toiling anonymously for the rival Cleveland Indians, after DePodesta sat in on trade talks between the two teams. Beane hired him
Maybe it is because we at TWICE are closing our Dec. 17 print edition today, which features our annual Retail Year-End Wrap Up, but we’d like to tip our cap to the Minneapolis Star Tribune for its coverage of Best Buy this year.
Yes, it is unusual for one media outlet to praise another, but the coverage the Star Tribune has done, and continues to do such as its report today on Dick Schulze’s impending
Some audio suppliers are really chafing under the Kremlin-like secrecy that surrounds Apple’s new-product plans. Maybe it’s good business to keep the competitors guessing, but Apple’s partners complain they’re suffering collateral damage in the smartphone and tablet wars.
The latest example was Apple’s switch to an 8-pin all-digital connector. Here’s what one docking-speaker supplier told me:
“I don’t mind it being said that Apple
Trends in TFT LCD panel prices are very different for the three main applications.
TV panel prices have been increasing for three quarters, and are becoming the main source of profit for panel makers. Monitor panel prices are stagnant, as panel production has been falling due to weak demand. And notebook PC panel prices have been falling continuously since Q2 and indications are that prices will remain soft through the first half of 2013.
While “China demand” is the
TWICE recently attended a GE holiday soirée at 30 Rock hosted by chairman/CEO Jeffrey Immelt. While he wouldn’t talk shop about majaps (“Come on, it’s a party!” he admonished a reporter), he did paint an optimistic picture of America in remarks before the crowd. Here are the cocktail-napkin bullet points:
On the U.S. economy: “The U.S. is pretty competitive on a global scale. I’m encouraged by the robustness of the consumer
As this tumultuous year draws to a close I have been reminded how history always repeats itself. Yet another prominent retailer is in its death throes, circling the drain as I type.
There have been countless numbers of hucksters and snake-oil salesmen who have planted their flag in the New York metro market over the past 40 years. The Northeast seems to attract them the way they were drawn south after the Civil War.
What has never ceased to amaze me is that even after these
Mr. Hubert Joly
Dear Mr. Joly,
I know you are working hard to turn Best Buy around, and I hope you succeed. I’m a technology enthusiast and in the past have spent many hours and much money at Best Buy. But, as you well know, there is a lot that needs to change.
I just got back from my local Best Buy, having attempted to buy a white 16GB iPad Mini as a Christmas gift. Not surprisingly, I found they are out of stock. That’
For about a decade, give or take a year or so, I have been visiting the same three
This year’s Black Friday is expected to be the catalyst for tablets to pass notebook shipments for the first time in North America, a trend which we expect to continue for the foreseeable future.
NPD DisplaySearch’s fourth quarter North American tablet shipment forecast is 21.5 million units, far exceeding the 14.6 million notebooks and mini-
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