By Lisa Johnston
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New York – Amazon.com and Toys“R”Us are getting into the holiday spirit by separately announcing new marketing plans for the season.
The No. 1 e-commerce site said it will, for the first time, allow its third-party sellers to feature their holiday deals on Amazon’s high-traffic holiday shopping pages, including the “Gold Box Today’s Deal” page, Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal pages, and category-specific holiday pages.
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.
Washington – More than one-third (36.1 percent) of consumers would like to receive a CE gift for the holidays, a new report shows.
CE ranked third behind gift cards (59.4 percent), the top choice for the seventh consecutive year, and clothing and accessories (51.2 percent).
But the survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics for the National Retail Federation (NRF), also showed that consumers are cutting back their holiday spending from last year, with projected seasonal expenditures down 2 percent to an average of $737.95 per shopper.
Arlington, Va. — Twenty-eight percent of brick-and-mortar shoppers wind up making their CE purchases at the retailers’ websites, a new study shows.
The report, from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), also indicates that just under half (45 percent) of brick-and-mortar customers use their mobile devices to help them shop while in stores, and 4 percent will use them to make a purchase.
Dallas – Ed Kellum & Son, the super-premium majap dealer acquired two years ago by Starpower, formally opened the doors to its recently relocated showroom today.
The new Highland Park store integrates luxury appliances with state-of-the-art A/V, and features live, completely outfitted kitchens and interactive media areas modeled after home environments, the company said.
CE brands include Sony, Samsung, Epson, Bose, Paradigm and Sonos, while featured majap brands include Kitchenaid, Whirlpool, Amana, Thermador, Viking, Jenn-Air, Sub-Zero and Wolf.
Santa Monica, Calif. — Sony Electronics unveiled and put on sale its 65-inch curved-screen LED HDTV at a special Video & Audio Center event, here, last night.
The retailer sold 22 Sony HDTVs, nine of which were the KDL-65S990A 65-inch curved LED HDTV, described as the world’s first curved-screen LED HDTV of that size.
Edmond, Okla. — Petra Industries recently mailed its nearly 1,300-page, 2013 fall catalog to more than 75,000 independent retailers, e-tailers, and custom installers and integrators across the U.S.
Petra’s fall 2013 catalog showcases more than 15,000 products from more than 500 industry-leading manufacturers, including Sony, Canon, Zagg, SiriusXM, JVC, Garmin, Clarion, NXE, RCA, Scosche, Midland, Monster, Belkin, Peerless, Ballistic, Trident, Griffin, Lenmar, iLuv, Speck, iHome, OmniMount Pentax, Conair, Panasonic and more.
Santa Monica, Calif. — Sony Electronics will introduce its 65-inch curved-screen LED HDTV at Video & Audio Center, here, on Tuesday.
Described as the world’s first 65-inch curved-screen LED HDTV in a press advisory, the sets will be available for purchase at the store.
Sony will also introduce 4K home-theater projectors, and a high-res audio line that can play back virtually any file format and deliver audiophile sound, the retailer said.
Winston-Salem, N.C. – Nationwide Marketing Group is offering a new business management system for its over 3,500 independent CE, majap and home furnishings dealers.
The program, provided in partnership with Profit Systems, is designed to run all business operations including point-of-sale and inventory and customer relationship management for retailers with $1 million to $80 million in annual revenue.
The system also features a full accounting suite and real-time online dashboards, e-commerce functionality and tablet integration.
New York — U.S. chain store sales rose 5.1 percent year over year in September, according to a new report from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
The trade group’s preliminary figure is based on a compilation of available sales results for 11 publicly traded chains, and excludes gasoline stations and September’s tally from Gap Inc., which has not yet reported.
New York — A/V specialty dealer J&R Music & Computer World is holding a four-day Music & Tech Expo this week at its lower Manhattan store.
Sponsored by Intel, the event features demos and how-to sessions with vendor reps from Belkin, Bose, Bowers & Wilkins, Brother, Canon, Intel, JBL, Monster, Netgear, SanDisk, Sennheiser, Sony, and other brands.