By Lisa Johnston
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NEW YORK — The nominations were submitted, the voting has taken place, and finally the selections have been made, so welcome to the presentation of TWICE’s first-ever products awards — the TWICE VIP (Very Important Product) Awards.
The TWICE VIPs were voted on by retailers and distributors online to give them the chance to honor the products that have made the biggest difference in their businesses.
Retailers and distributors were asked to vote on products in specific categories based on product features, product design and value to consumers. Voting was reviewed by TWICE. The products have been sold at retail in the U.S., or were scheduled to be sold at retail, from fall 2012 to spring 2013.
The winners in each of the categories and sub-categories are profiled here.
Here are the categories:
Accessories: gaming peripherals; HDMI cables; headphones less than $300; headphones more than $300; health and fitness technology products; mounting accessories; power and charging devices; projector screens; smartphone accessories; and tablet accessories;
Camcorders: action video cams;
Cameras: DSLRs — interchangeable-lens cameras and point-and-shoot;
Car: connectivity to mobile device in in-dash head units; remote security/convenience system controlled from a smartphone; and car speakers;
Computers & Tablets: tablets and laptops;
Home Audio: A/V receivers at $699 or less; A/V receivers at more than $699; iPod/iPhone docking speakers; portable wireless speakers; soundbars at $499 or less; and soundbars at more than $499;
Major Appliances: bottom-mount refrigerators; and high-efficiency (HE) washers; and
Video & TVs: big-screen flat-panel TVs – 42 to 55 inches; big-screen flat-panel TVs – 58 inches and larger; home-theater projectors; and streaming IPTV set-top devices.
Congratulations to the all the winners and the nominees. And now on to the awards!
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.