San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Phoenix — Starpower Home Entertainment Systems has again been named No. 1 in Ranking Arizona’s rankings of Arizona businesses for the year 2013.
Ranking Arizona is the outcome of the largest business opinion poll in Arizona. Each category is selected by the staff of AZ Big Media for the general public to vote on and is based upon business and leisure activities of Arizona's business professionals.
Dallas – The Progressive Retailers Organization (PRO Group) has named Beacon Audio as an approved group vendor.
Beacon launched late last year as a “lifestyle” CE brand with a narrow line of high-performance headphones and the Phoenix high-output, high-value wireless Bluetooth speaker.
Dallas – Starpower, the premium A/V and custom install chain, will relocate its Ed Kellum & Son luxury majap showroom to a former Modia Home Theater store.
Starpower chairman Daniel Pidgeon described the location as highly desirable despite its proximity to Ed Kellum’s current Knox-area store and its nearly one-third smaller footprint.
Dallas – The mood was buoyant at Mega Group USA’s annual spring convention, which wrapped up here last week at the Gaylord Texan.
Rick Bellows, president of the 1,600-member buying group for furniture, CE, majap and mattress dealers, described an upbeat crowd at the three-day event.
“We had great attendance and dealers were buying,” he noted. “We had record orders taken … indicating attitudes are good and there is a comfort level for the months to come.”
City of Industry, Calif. — Newegg.com has launched a “Man Cave Madness” sweepstakes that’s tied to the start of the NCAA basketball tournament, a key TV selling period.
The sweepstakes features more than $30,000 in gifts, including a $10,000 grand-prize home entertainment center that consists of a 55-inch LG smart LED TV, a Polk 5.1 speaker system, an Onkyo network receiver, Asus Taichi 21-DH71 convertible Ultrabook and Sony PlayStation3 “Assassin’s Creed 3” bundle.
Waban, Mass. — Sam’s Club and Amazon.com provide the best customer experience in retail, a survey of 10,000 shoppers revealed.
Conversely, RadioShack came in last place among retailers for the third consecutive year; T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T carrier stores were deemed only marginally better; and Best Buy, Walmart and, surprisingly, Apple Stores were given middling ratings of just “OK,” according to the online poll, conducted in January by The Temkin Group.
Madison, Wis. — American TV & Appliance is readjusting its merchandise mix to address the changing marketplace.
As part of a regular assortment reassessment, the 11-store big-box chain is exiting the car audio, digital imaging and PC categories, and will expand its selection and displays of furniture, HDTV and home audio.
St. Peters, Mo. — Independent computer and tech-support shop Software To Go is celebrating its 30th year of serving the Midwest and the nation.
The operation, founded by Peter Reunert in 1983 and acquired some ten years later by former manager and current president Joe Balsarotti, has been cited as a small-business success story by everyone from President George W. Bush (in a speech) to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), which awarded it its Small Business Champion Award in 2005.
Lakeside, Mich. – ABC Warehouse is the first dealer in its trading area to carry LG’s 84-inch Ultra High-Definition Cinema 3D smart TV.
The 4K display had a soft launch at the Midwest chain’s Detroit metro-area store, here, where it sold nine of the $17,000 models without the benefit of advertising.
The 84LM9600 will formally go on display at the store at 6 p.m. tonight, where LG representatives will conduct demos and giveaways of a Blu-ray player, 3D home-theater system, and 42-inch and 60-inch TVs.
San Diego – The availability of extended-service contracts (ESCs) is a key consideration in the purchase of CE, majaps and other products, a new study shows.
According to a recent survey by Fulcrum, a New York-based analytics and marketing technology firm, consumers view an ESC offer as a positive option that enhances and extends the life of the products they purchase.