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New York – More than one-third of shoppers purchased CE products over Thanksgiving and Black Friday, a weekend survey shows, and the majority of them bought tablets.
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.
San Juan Capistrano, Calif. - Fujitsu Ten’s Eclipse brand, which left the car audio aftermarket in 2010 after a run of 21 years, is making a U.S. comeback, but in the home-audio market.
The Japanese company will go to International CES with its current range of stand-mounted home speakers that take the form of tapered spheres. They’re priced from $490/pair to $11,200/pair. The company will also introduce a pair of high-end powered subwoofers and a wireless Airplay speaker pair.
New York — CE retailers and their suppliers are expected to make out well over Black Friday weekend, when some 31 percent of consumers said they plan to buy electronics.
According to a pre-Black Friday survey by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), most expect to buy a tablet (30 percent), followed closely by laptop computers (29 percent), video game consoles (29 percent) and TVs (22 percent).
Update! Seoul, South Korea — LG Electronics Wednesday disclosed 44 executive appointments, including three new corporate presidents and the reassignment of LG Electronics USA president Wayne Park to global sales and marketing officer.
The changes include a number of new executives to lead Home Entertainment operations and the global sales and marketing office.
Harrisburg, Pa. – National IT and CE distributor D&H Distributing has added the Codi collection of laptop bags, cases and backpacks to its product lineup.
Under the exclusive partnership, D&H will provide Codi’s premium assortment to value-added resellers as part of the manufacturer’s streamlined channel strategy.
Codi sales and marketing executive VP Mike Crosby said “strategic alignment and ease of doing business” were critical factors in his company’s decision to consolidate its business with D&H.
New York — Samsung’s first kids-oriented tablet, the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids, became available at $229 at Samsung.com, Best Buy, Fry’s, Office Depot, Sam’s Club, TigerDirect and Toys“R”Us.
A Tab 3 Kids hard-case bundle is available at $249.
The 7-inch tablet’s only preloaded kids-oriented reading app is the Barnes & Noble Nook App for Kids, and consumers who purchase the tablet and register for a new Nook account get more than $50 in free kids eBooks and magazines.
Chicago — Spectra Merchandising is adding the First Alert brand to its stable of electronics brands.
The company also markets electronics under the Hello Kitty, Paul Frank, Jensen and Studebaker brands.
In January, Spectra will bring a range of First Alert indoor and outdoor electronic preparedness products to International CES. The products will include weather forecasters, various types of weather receivers including dynamo models, outdoor rugged speakers, emergency landline telephones and the like.
Englewood, Cliff, – A nationwide survey of holiday shoppers conducted for LG Electronics discovered that 52 percent would rather receive an 84-inch Ultra HD Smart TV, than a watch, or jewelry worth $16,000 as a Christmas gift this year.
And before you think the survey must have been taken at a well-heeled men’s club, the tally dropped only marginally to 42 percent among the women.
In addition, 44 percent of consumers surveyed said they would rather receive a 55-inch smart TV valued at $2,300 than a trip to Europe.
Santa Clara, Calif. – Sony Pictures Entertainment and VUDU are teaming up for the holidays to enable customer to give cloud-based “Digital HD” movies and TV shows as eGifts.
“Digital HD” videos are movies and TV shows delivered to the home or mobile device from the cloud as digital streams and downloads.
VUDU members will now have the opportunity to give friends and family movie eGifts as holiday presents from VUDU using Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s (SPHE) Movie eWrap technology.