By Lisa Johnston
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Loewe, the high-end German TV line introduced by Sensory Science here last year, announced major price reductions for its three 4:3 SDTV-capable digital televisions.
The move came as the line's U.S. distributor, Sensory Science, fine-tunes the assortment to reflect the changing marketplace, company executives said.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Intel's USB evangelist Steve Whalley was at RetailVision touting the advantages of the technology. Whalley said USB version 2.0, which offers data transfer rates up to 200Mbps, should be finalized by the end of the year. He expected some of the first Easy PC computers, which eliminate the serial and parallel ports and offer unique non-PC-like form factors, to be available in the second half of the year.
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.
LaCie has made available its 700 LCD monitor series, the 20-inch LaCie 720, the 24-inch LaCie 724 and the 30-inch LaCie 730.
All 700 series monitors come bundled with LaCie's Proof Edition calibration software package.
Each device is monitored by the ColorKeeper, said to be a backlight-stabilizer technology that continually analyzes the "brightness and chromaticity of the backlight" and adjusts it accordingly.
The initial sales data on Microsoft Windows Vista indicates the new operating system did not sell as well as Windows XP, but it did spur PC hardware sales in the days following Vista's Jan. 30 launch.
The NPD Group's weekly retail point-of-sale data analysis for Vista's launch week showed unit shipments down 58.9 percent and dollar sales down 32.1 percent compared with the comparable period for Windows XP's launch, reported Chris Swenson, NPD's software analysis director.
LAS VEGAS -- At its largest-ever convention and buying fair, held here at the Paris Hotel last week, Associated Volume Buyers (AVB) implored its 1,550 member dealers to seize the moment while a "chaotic marketplace" for majaps creates new opportunities for independents.
Despite new challenges from such Johnny-come-latelies as The Home Depot and Wal-Mart, members are well-positioned to build market share by embracing change and doing business differently, AVB's leadership said.