San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
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
While there’s no question that Amazon.com is siphoning off sales from physical stores, retailers’ biggest competitors still remain … other retailers.
A recent survey of 1,000 consumers by market research firm ClickIQ showed that Amazon isn’t always the biggest beneficiary of showrooming, and that Best Buy isn’t the only big-box chain facing the phenomenon.
What’s more, the results indicate that online purchases made as a result of
DirecTV’s latest whole-home DVR system called the Genie has been available and widely advertised for a few months now, but in light of the extensive publicity that rival Dish Network has received for its controversial ad-skipping Hopper system, it seemed a good time to see exactly how the 800-pound satellite gorilla was handling the hardware challenge.
I can report that after several months of use, the Genie has proven to be a compelling whole-home contender if you don’t
Free is always better, but free and legal is the best.
At least that is what music lovers appear to be thinking. According to The NPD Group, illegal music downloads conducted via Peer-to-Peer (P2P) websites dropped off dramatically in 2012 as people opted for online music streaming services as their preferred choice for free music.
Data from NPD’s Annual Music Study 2012 showed a 17 percent decline in P2P usage. The actual number of Internet users utilizing P2P
I’m on a long-planned overseas vacation this week, but TWICE made some news while I’m away: Marcia Grand, VP/publisher of TWICE, who has been here since 1986 when the magazine was born and helped make it the industry leader, is retiring.
Our new VP/publisher is Ed Hecht. (See story here.). He has a diverse background working for several major publishing titles and building a great record in print and digital formats. He is no stranger to the CE business, having attended
Many observers derided Sears chairman and majority shareholder Eddie Lampert’s decision to add CEO to his title last month.
Perhaps addressing naysayers who questioned his merchandising depth, Lampert offered his take on the state of retail in his annual open letter to shareholders, employees and customers, which accompanied today’s improved full-year
Here’s another item you can put in the “What were they thinking?” department: Kaley Cuoco, star of the CBS comedy “The Big Bang Theory”, tweeted support for Dish’s Hopper in a paid endorsement.
According to The Wrap.com, this tweet didn’t mention the Auto Hop, its commercial-skipping feature. CBS, and the other broadcast networks, are
Years ago, the autosound aftermarket rightly feared the arrival of the digital OEM databus and the integration of multiple OEM electronics and electrical systems.
These technologies rendered many aftermarket autosound installations impractical because removing a factory head unit often disabled one or more OEM systems. The OEM developments did indeed cause irreparable harm to the aftermarket, as did the rising quality of OEM sound systems.
But now the aftermarket is leveraging
Pundits who’ve been betting against Best Buy may now be having second thoughts.
Forbes, which helped usher in the competitive sport of Best Buy bashing during Holiday 2011, posted a blog about two analyst upgrades that put the CE chain in a new light.
In their reassessments, Barclays
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