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New York – John Densmore, drummer of celebrated rock band The Doors, will make a guest appearance at J&R Music and Computer World here on Friday.
Densmore will be on hand at noon to sign copies of his book “The Doors: Unhinged,” which recounts his legal battles with surviving band members over use of the group’s name.
J&R, an independent CE specialty dealer located in lower Manhattan, has a long history of musical guests that includes recent appearances by Paul Anka, Justin Bieber, Joe Walsh, Smashing Pumpkins and One Direction.
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.
Irvine, Calif. — Paul’s TV & Appliances is rolling out majaps to its far-flung furniture chain outposts.
The Southern California-based specialty retailer currently operates home theater shops within some 40 furniture stores across seven states to leverage that channel’s burgeoning business, after recently closing 14 locations in Michigan.
Miami – IT and CE retailer TigerDirect will hold its second annual Miami Tech Summit and Holiday Bash at Marlins Park stadium here on Nov. 7.
The public event, co-hosted by Intel, will showcase new and emerging technology from nearly 100 exhibitors including AT&T Wireless, Alienware, Asus, Belkin/Linksys, eBay/PayPal, Epson, Hewlett-Packard, iBuyPower, Kingston, LG Electronics, Microsoft, Planar, Seagate, SMS Audio, Sony, SquareTrade, TCL, Viewsonic and Western Digital.
Wayne, N.J. — Toys“R”Us plans to bring in 45,000 seasonal workers for the holiday period, on par with last year’s hires.
“With traffic in our stores and on our e-commerce site peaking in the weeks leading up to Christmas, our expanded holiday workforce plays a vital role in delivering exceptional customer service and providing memorable shopping experiences,” the No. 1 playthings chain said in a statement.
Framingham, Mass. — Staples today is introducing a home-automation concept dubbed Staples Connect that it will initially roll out in a limited number of stores and online.
This will have the office superstore chain selling products that range far from its normal assortment of paper and inkjet toner and will include door locks, garage door openers and window blinds. The new additions will have a high-tech edge with the ability to be networked and controlled from any connected device.
Franklin, Mass. — The New England Appliance and Electronics Group (NEAEG), a member of the NECO Alliance retail buying cooperative, has built a solar farm on the roof of its 250,000-square-foot warehouse here.
NEAEG said the 2.1-megawatt, 7,200-panel system is the third-largest rooftop solar farm in Massachusetts, and has significantly reduced its electricity costs and carbon footprint. The effort was lauded today in a ceremony attended by state and local officials.
New York — Total holiday sales will grow between 4 percent and 4.5 percent, to upward of $967 billion, according to a new forecast by Deloitte.
The projected gains will be spurred by rising home prices and steady job creation, and are on par with last year’s 4.5 percent increase, the consultancy said.
Direct sales, including the online, catalog and interactive TV channels, are expected to increase upwards of 13 percent, while 8 percent of brick-and-mortar sales, or $66 billion, will be influenced by research on mobile devices, Deloitte projected.
Philadelphia — Almo has released its their annual full-line CE catalog for 2013 to 2014 in both print and digital formats.
Available in print, online and on portable devices with Wi-Fi, the catalog includes home entertainment, portable entertainment, photo/video, communications, mobile electronics, small appliances and several other categories.
The complete product/model listing gives dealers expanded inventory options that can be drop-shipped to their customers’ homes within 48 hours, the distributor said.
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.
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.