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Anaheim, Calif. – BrandSource’s system integrators will soon have a complete digital merchandising, marketing and sales solution that’s tailored to the unique needs of their channel.
Leveraging existing infrastructure, the buying group has developed a comprehensive digital platform with both customer-facing and back-end elements that include a website, mobile app, traffic metrics, a database of boutique specialty lines, and social media and search engine optimization (SEO) functions.
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.
Bentonville, Ark. -- Walmart announced today a major rollback on retail prices for popular CE devices.
The new prices, effective immediately, include:
* A 16GB Apple iPhone 5 in white or black goes from $129 to $98 with a two-year contract from AT&T, Verizon or Sprint;
* Samsung's Galaxy S4 is now $138 with a two-year contract with Verizon and AT&T. Verizon S4 phones were originally priced at $148 and AT&T phones were originally priced at $168;
Santa Ana, Calif. — Global IT distributor Ingram Micro has received an operational excellence award from Microsoft.
The Transaction-Level Operational Excellence Award recognizes Ingram Micro’s U.S. Microsoft business unit for meeting or exceeding specific requirements for the number of valid agreements in a variety of categories, and for the number of on-time and valid order submissions and revenue reconciliation.
New York — RadioShack introduced two limited edition Beats by Dr. Dre headphones in New York this week in a nod to the Big Apple.
The over-ear studio headphones, offered in Statue of Liberty and taxi cab colors, were sold only in the chain’s three new metro area concept stores in Manhattan and Southampton, Long Island.
Eagan, Minn. - Capitol, CE distributor for residential systems specialists, retailers, integrated systems (IS) contractors, and premium incentive resellers, is now offering the Sennheiser line of professional microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems its customers who serve the commercial installation market.
Nashville, Tenn. – MEGA Group USA reported record turnout and sales at its annual fall conference, held here earlier this month.
The 1,600-member buying group for independent furniture, CE, majap and mattress dealers said attendance was up 35 percent over last year’s all-time high, and that record sales were also transacted in all categories during the two-day buy fair.
Highlights of the show, held at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center, included the addition of 20 new vendors and a Samsung Galaxy tablet giveaway for all attending members.
Las Vegas — BrandSource laid out a multi-point program to help restore pricing and margins for its 4,000 members at the buying group’s Fall Convention & Expo here yesterday.
Some of the initiatives, like a service to help dealers foster positive online reviews, are new; others, like the group’s prescient SleepSource store-within-a-store bedding shops, predated today’s mattress mania and Best Buy’s new in-store shop strategy.
New York — AC Gears, a curated electronics and lifestyle store based here, said Tuesday it has released a $40 fashion-centric 3-megapixel Bonzart Lit digital camera with a built-in LCD screen.
It plans to add a waterproof case accessory in time for the holidays.
Minneapolis – Best Buy reported in an 8-K filing yesterday that Dick Schulze, chairman emeritus and founder of the chain, plans to sell shares of his personal common stock as part of a pre-arranged trading plan.
The filing said that the plan was designed to comply with Rule 10b5-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and the registrant's policies regarding stock transactions.