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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.
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 — 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.
Naperville, Ill. — OfficeMax is extending its reach into the small-business market with a new slate of service departments in stores nationwide.
Huntsville, Ala. – Multiregional CE, majap and furniture chain h.h.gregg is relocating it Huntsville store here to a new location.
The showroom, which opens Thursday, will provide local residents with “a modern, updated shopping experience,” the company said.
New York — RadioShack is converting two Manhattan locations to its new concept store format.
The so-called “high-touch” stores, located at Seventh Avenue at West 23rd Street and Broadway at West 109th Street, follow the ground-up opening of the first new-format store in New York in July.
All feature interactive displays, new signage and revamped floor plans that merchandise products by power brands and product classification.
Eagan, Minn. — Capitol conducted five free MPT education classes on Sept. 27 as part of the company’s presence at the CEDIA Expo 2013 in Denver and drew more than 175 industry professionals.
The 90-minute sessions were designed to help integrators make the most of these products and technologies, including practical marketing, application-based training, sales, and installation tips to help maximize growth and profitability, according to the distributors.
Jacksonville, Fla. — InMotion Entertainment, a CE specialty chain with nearly 80 airport shops across the country, has been acquired by a private-equity partnership.
The new owners, Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co. (BRS) and Palladin Consumer Retail Partners, have kept management intact under CEO Jeremy Smith.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Denver – Azione Unlimited, the education/buying group for system integrators and custom retailers, took home 10 of 35 CEDIA Recognition awards at this month’s CEDIA Expo here.
Group winners included Audio Images, which received a Silver Technical Design award within the Best Home Theater category.
During the show Azione also conducted a dealer meeting at the local Wynkoop Brewery to discuss products and industry trends; toured neighboring dealer member Xssentials Xperience Center; and followed that with a dealer-vendor cocktail party and networking event.
Washington – Retail sales in November and December will increase 3.9 percent, to $602.1 billion, the National Retail Federation (NRF) has projected.
The trade group’s forecast jibes with the 4-percent increase predicted by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), although the latter anticipates a $738 billion holiday tally.