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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.
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 — 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.
New Orleans – Azione Unlimited (AU), the education/buying group for custom retailers and integrators, held a series of team-building exercises during its three-day conference at the Westin New Orleans Canal Place this week.
“We wanted to build and strengthen the bonds between … members,” said Azione president Richard Glikes.
North Dallas – Starpower Home Entertainment Systems is taking the wraps off its newly remodeled flagship showroom next week.
The $3 million makeover includes interactive media rooms, live kitchen vignettes, and a new four-story LED-lit entry tower.
Eagan, Minn. – Capitol, distributor for residential systems contractors, retailers, PRO AV contractors, and premium incentive resellers, has added Parasound Products to its high performance audio/video product selection.
“Mention Parasound and an audiophile’s ears automatically perk up,” comments Curt Hayes, Capitol’s president and CFO. “From traditional audio gear to home theater equipment that taps into the best of current technologies, Parasound is guaranteed to put a smile on the faces of the most demanding end-users.”