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Franklin, Mass. — The New England Appliance and Electronics Group (NEAEG), a member of the NECO Alliance retail buying cooperative, has built a solar farm on the roof of its 250,000-square-foot warehouse here.
NEAEG said the 2.1-megawatt, 7,200-panel system is the third-largest rooftop solar farm in Massachusetts, and has significantly reduced its electricity costs and carbon footprint. The effort was lauded today in a ceremony attended by state and local officials.
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.
New York — Total holiday sales will grow between 4 percent and 4.5 percent, to upward of $967 billion, according to a new forecast by Deloitte.
The projected gains will be spurred by rising home prices and steady job creation, and are on par with last year’s 4.5 percent increase, the consultancy said.
Direct sales, including the online, catalog and interactive TV channels, are expected to increase upwards of 13 percent, while 8 percent of brick-and-mortar sales, or $66 billion, will be influenced by research on mobile devices, Deloitte projected.
Philadelphia — Almo has released its their annual full-line CE catalog for 2013 to 2014 in both print and digital formats.
Available in print, online and on portable devices with Wi-Fi, the catalog includes home entertainment, portable entertainment, photo/video, communications, mobile electronics, small appliances and several other categories.
The complete product/model listing gives dealers expanded inventory options that can be drop-shipped to their customers’ homes within 48 hours, the distributor said.
Washington — The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has commended guidelines for Internet sales tax legislation released yesterday by the House Judiciary Committee.
Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said the seven “principles,” which stress channel equality and ease of compliance, were drafted to help spark renewed discussion of an online tax bill in the House, following Senate passage of a Marketplace Fairness Act in May.
New York — Manhattan imaging and A/V specialty dealer Adorama will host a free 4K camera event on Oct. 10 featuring photographer/filmmaker John Huba and Canon’s EOS-1D C Cinema camera.
Huba, who has shot ad campaigns for Ralph Lauren and J.Crew, and whose celebrity portraits have appeared in Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair, will use the EOS-1D C to demonstrate hybrid photo and video shooting and workflow.
Edmond, Okla. — Petra Industries has signed a distribution partnership with Linksys.
With so many computers, smartphones, tablets, e-readers and more being used in a single home or office, it’s essential to have the right wireless network installed, Petra said.
Linksys delivers a wide range of innovative products needed to accomplish this task, the distributor said.
Petra is now carrying Linksys routers, range extenders and ethernet switchers, which will be featured in the fall 2013 Petra catalog due out in October.
North Dallas – Starpower Home Entertainment Systems unveiled its remodeled flagship showroom to celebrities and the trade here during a VIP preview on Sunday.
Barrington, Ill. — Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) will hold its fourth interactive training webinar Sept. 18.
Created exclusively for HTSA members, the complimentary program will present new tactics and strategies to bolster interest and grow sales for custom integrators.
The webinar will be held twice during the day, at 11 a.m. EST/11 a.m. PST, and again at 4 p.m. EST/1 p.m. PST. The training portion will run approximately 30 minutes, followed by a 15-minute question-and-commentary session.
San Francisco — Holiday sales for CE and major appliance retailers are projected to increase 2 percent this holiday season, while store visits will decline 1 percent, a new report suggests.
According to market research firm ShopperTrak, the CE major appliance channel mirrors total retail trends, which indicate a slowdown in holiday sales growth. Total retail sales are expected to rise 2.4 percent in November and December, down 20 percent from last holiday season’s 3 percent gain, while total foot traffic is forecast to slip 1.4 percent year over year.
Minneapolis — Best Buy has updated its 40 million-member Reward Zone loyalty program with a new name and stepped-up services.
The 10-year-old program has been renamed My Best Buy, and offers members such services as: free year-round standard shipping on orders of $25 or more; early access to special sales; exclusive offers; and member-only shopping events.
The program has also been more tightly integrated into BestBuy.com.