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There are quite a few surprising findings from our recent quarterly TraQline study of both prepaid and postpaid (contract) wireless phones.
The most surprising thing isn’t that prepaid handset purchases now represent 17 percent of the market. And, no, it isn’t even that Android OS has significantly higher market share than iOS (and both are still gaining share). What we found to be most significant is that smartphones now represent more than 50 percent of
A changed market has created new problems and complicated ongoing challenges for retail.
CEA’s Retailer Council and its audio-video retailer division are offering help to dealers by offering three “Great Ideas Meetings” in June. These small-group gatherings are an excellent opportunity for dealers to interact with retail experts and industry colleagues to exchange ideas and discuss solutions that work.
According to Michael Pope, chairman of CEA
“Made in USA”.
During my lifetime that label has morphed from being a reason to buy, to being a reason not to buy, and now, once again, increasingly a positive if not still rare thing. However maybe that’s about to change.
JD Powers recently reported that the percent of U.S. new vehicle buyers who say they avoid buying foreign brands, has risen to 14 percent, the highest level since the study’s 2003 inception. During the same time the
There is an old myth that Italian dictator Benito Mussolini made the trains in his country run on time. Anyone who has been to Italy knows that trains hardly run on time, and what efforts were made to help modernize the train system had little to do with the Fascists.
But today the fact that the three major press conferences at the Electronic Entertainment Expo are broadcast live on the web and more importantly TV has made those run on time, and not be the endless affairs of the past
After pouring Simply Smart milk on my Smart Start cereal, I turned on my Smart TV.
Smartness shouldn’t be applied so loosely. Ever train a glass of milk or teach a flake anything? Only the TV has the inherent smarts to learn and grow. A TV is smart because it is well-connected. Attached to the Internet, the set has the brains to access a wide range of services and have its firmware upgraded even as we on the couch dumb down.
What makes a smart TV especially attractive is
Following breakout successes like the app-enabled Pebble E-Paper Watch and 3D printer Printrbot, which have raised over $10 million and $830,000 from everyday Internet users respectively, consumer electronics innovators are increasingly labeling crowdfunding the future of investment.
The recent passage of the JOBS Act, which allows firms to raise up to $1 million by selling shares in privately-held ventures, with some restrictions, only further promises to ignite interest amongst
The CE market seems to be plagued with bad news these days. With sales volumes squeezed, retailers struggling, longstanding categories on the edge of disappearing, layoffs, and the rapid decline of so many of the electronics markets iconic bands the drumbeat of negative trends can be overwhelming.
U.S. retail technology sales through April of 2012 (excluding Apple products) dropped 5% from 2011, which itself saw a 9% decline from 2010, according to NPD’s Consumer Tracking
Sony and Samsung set stricter pricing policies aimed at limiting discounts on their televisions. Consumer electronic sales slip at Sears. Best Buy closes 50 stores. All blame showrooming, the increasingly common practice of checking out items in stores and buying them online.
ComScore estimates that at least 30 percent of all U.S. consumer electronics sales now take place online. And that share is growing, thanks in large part to the emergence of mobile shopping.
Another holiday season has come and gone. Now, we calculate the returns and profit margins and wait for the analysts, consultants and pundits to tell us how our industry performed this year.
But you already know, don’t you?
As a manufacturer/supplier, you know if the marketplace wanted your offerings. As a retailer, you know if the customers were willing to pay top dollar, or shopped for the best price or deal. As a salesperson, you know if the customer
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