San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Anaheim, Calif. — Targus has hopped into the growing Samsung Galaxy accessories pool with its new Midnight collection of cases for the Galaxy S4 smartphone and the Galaxy Note 8 tablet.
Four new models feature textured finishes with a tone-on-tone color palette.
The Slim Laser case for the Galaxy S4 features a soft-touch coating on the interior and exterior of the case, with a laser-cut textured and matte metallic finish. It is available in black and crimson at a suggested retail of $24.99.
Ronkonkoma, N.Y. — Sigma introduced Thursday a 60mm F2.8 DN Art lens for mirrorless compact system cameras, adding a new focal length in the company's lineup for both Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-mount cameras.
Sigma's 60mm F2.8 DN Art lens will hit shelves mid-May at a $239 estimated street price.
First revealed at the CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show in Japan earlier this year, the 60mm F2.8 joins Sigma’s other DN lenses for mirrorless compact system cameras — the 19mm F2.8 DN and the 30mm F2.8 DN.
Overland Park, Kan. – Sprint is on schedule to shut down its 2G iDEN network at the end of June as announced last May to reduce operating costs and repurpose the spectrum for higher speed service, the carrier said.
The last full day of iDEN service will be June 29, when iDEN phones will no longer receive voice and data service or be able to make 911 calls.
Hoffman Estates, Ill. — Sears Holdings chairman/CEO and majority shareholder Eddie Lambert reiterated his focus on multichannel retailing and the company’s Shop Your Way loyalty program at the company’s annual meeting here yesterday.
In his first shareholders address as CEO, he echoed his conviction that integrating the retailer’s online, mobile and brick-and-mortar platforms, and leveraging its membership rewards program, are key to the company’s turnaround.
The Woodlands, Texas — Majap, home-furnishings and CE chain Conn’s has opened two Homeplus-format stores in Oklahoma and New Mexico.
The Homeplus design devotes added floor space to the retailer’s fast-growth furniture and mattress categories. Conn’s converted 20 existing stores to the format last year.
The new locations bring the company’s store count to 70 across five states and Conn’s said it plans to open between 10 and 12 locations during its current fiscal year.
Dallas – AT&T has become the first major U.S. carrier to announce plans for LG’s flagship Optimus G Pro phablet unveiled at the Mobile World Congress.
The Android 4.1.2 superphone with a 5.5 inch display will be available exclusively on the AT&T network beginning May 10 at $199.
New York – Component-audio supplier NAD hopes to connect with a younger generation of music enthusiasts who connect to PCs, smartphones and tablets to play music but who have shunned full-size audio components.
The company plans July shipments of the $999-suggested D7050 network receiver, $499 D3020 DAC/amplifier and $499 D1050 USB DAC. All but the USB DAC incorporate stereo amplification to drive a pair of passive speakers of the consumer’s choice.
Ridgefield Park, N.J. — Samsung Electronics America launched Wednesday a new global brand campaign targeting the retail, hospitality, healthcare, education and SMB industries.
The campaign, called the “New Business Experience,” leverages the company’s popularity among consumers and shows its technology solving everyday challenges in a seamless fashion for the enterprise.
New York — Walmart has reaffirmed plans to begin testing in-store lockers in a dozen of its Superstores this summer.
Neil Ashe, Walmart’s president/CEO of global e-commerce, first announced the lock-box strategy at a media event last March. He reiterated the rollout plans here this morning at a Barclays analyst conference.
The program will allow customers to retrieve their Walmart.com orders from in-store lockers without waiting for a clerk to pull them from storage.
Mahwah, N.J. — Denon unveiled In-Command networked A/V receivers that start at a slightly lower opening price point, expand the series’ selection to five models from four, and include some new features.
Four new models shipping next week join a carryover flagship $2,499 model. The new models start at a suggested $499, down from the previous line’s opening price of $649.
Like last year, all In-Command models feature built-in AirPlay, DLNA networking, and Internet radio but no built-in Wi-Fi or optional Wi-Fi dongle.