San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Eight months after it pulled out of the U.S. PDA market, Sony has ceased production of the CLIE in Japan and is exiting that market as well.
A spokesman for Sony here said, “Sony is reassessing the direction of the conventional PDA market, and Sony will not introduce any new CLIE handheld models in Japan. Sony is taking this time to examine the conventional PDA business and how it will transition into the future.
Accelerating its plans to deliver broadband data services via satellite, EchoStar said it would offer this month a new DISHLink system that will help businesses transmit large data files and multiple channels of streaming video to office desktops.
Samsung refreshed its laser-printer line earlier this month with the introduction of its first color capable model, the CLP-500.
The CLP-500 is aimed at the small business market, but will sell through office superstore chains starting in November, said Rey Roque, Samsung's VP/marketing, digital information technology division. The expected street price is in the $699 range.
Adam Levin, of Levin Consulting, discussed nine ways for vendors to boost sales. These included making every attempt to place products at Wal-Mart, to properly utilizing retail sales data. Levin's most important tip was to realize how important Wal-Mart is to the IT category and to not believe the rumors that vendors cannot make money doing business with Wal-Mart. At the same time, manufacturers have to make sure they are in category powerhouses Best Buy and Dell.
Apple's winning streak continued with the iBook becoming the best-selling notebook computer in October, according to PC Data, Reston, Va.
While poor PC sales have grabbed the bulk of the news headlines during the first half, products such as PDAs, LCD monitors and blank CD media quietly rolled up very healthy gains, according to a study by NPD Intelect.
Kasperksy Lab today released the second retail edition of its Internet security applications.
Internet Security 7.0 and Anti-Virus 7.0 are available immediately as electronic downloads from the company's Web site; they will hit Best Buy's shelves this month and be widely available in September, said Randy Drawas, Kaspersky's marketing VP.