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City of Industry, Calif. – Performance gaming PC maker CyberPower is now offering several series of PC gaming systems based on Nvidia’s new Nvidia GTX 750; GTX 750 Ti, and GTX Titan Black edition GPUs.
CyberPower customers can add the GPUs to its Zeus Mini small form factor series, Zeus EVO, and Fang III systems, the company said.
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.
Ann Arbor, Mich. – A sharp drop in online customer satisfaction, and improved service and deeper discounts at brick-and-mortar stores, has leveled the playing field between the two retail channels, a new study has found.
According the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), which rates companies on a scale of 0 to 100 based on thousands of consumer interviews, brick-and-mortar retailers equaled their online counterparts for the first time since e-tailers were added to the satisfaction surveys 14 years ago.
Madison, Wis. – American, the three-state TV, appliance and furniture chain, is going out of business after 60 years.
The privately held retailer cited an “unforgiving” economy, and said it will go into receivership and close its remaining 10 big-box stores after completing a liquidation sale that begins on Thursday.
New York – Marketers and advertisers must find new ways to engage the hyper-connected consumer, who now comprises nearly half the U.S. adult population.
According to a new study by brand strategy consultants Vivaldi Partners, 48 percent of these “always on” consumers own at least three connected devices, and use them to go online multiple times a day from at least three different locations.
New York – Sales in the United States of Sony’s PlayStation4 entertainment console topped Microsoft’s Xbox One in the month of January, a new report from the NPD Group revealed.
Exact numbers were not revealed, but reports said the PS4 results more than doubled its closest rival in the month.
Naperville, Ill. – Barrett’s Technology Solutions has revamped its Chicago-area showroom to better demonstrate the pairing of home automation with elegant design.
The 48-year-old A/V specialty dealer, system integrator and custom installer said its new Design Center was developed to inform as well as inspire, and shows how smart technology can complement décor without disrupting aesthetics.
Washington – Sales at CE and appliance retailers fell 4.7 percent to $8.1 billion in January as severe winter weather compounded soft demand.
According to the U.S. Commerce Department’s monthly sales projections, total U.S. retail sales, excluding restaurants and car dealers, rose 2.6 percent in January, led by a 6.5 percent increase in online and other direct sales, as storms closed stores and kept shoppers home.
January sales within the furniture and home furnishings channel slipped 2.4 percent.
Houston — Wave Electronics has launched mobile-friendly and dedicated security websites, so approved dealers can now view products and information in a way that caters to a mobile device.
In lieu of simply “recanning” the current website into a mobile site or app, the team worked to create the site from the ground up, the distributor said.
Hoffman Estates, Ill. – Sears has launched a curbside pickup service that allows customers to retrieve online orders at their local Sears store in five minutes or less without leaving the car.
To use the service, online customers must select the “In-Vehicle Pickup” option at checkout, provide details of the vehicle they will arrive in, and activate Sears’ “Shop Your Way” mobile app.
Atlanta – Aaron’s, the rent-to-own furniture, CE and majap chain, has received an acquisition proposal from Vintage Capital Management, an equity investment group and one of the retailer’s largest stockholders.
The all-cash offer, for $30.50 per share, represents the third takeover proposal from Vintage, which holds about 10 percent of Aaron’s stock.