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Mainstream CE To Make RetailVision Debut

4/19/2004 02:00:00 AM Eastern


RetailVision is introducing mainstream consumer electronics products as part of its semiannual event here next week, when the four-day meeting brings together some 90 retailers and 120 vendors at the Hyatt Grand Champions resort, April 26 through 29.

Organizers of RetailVision Spring 2004, which will make first-time presentations surrounding LCD and plasma TVs and projectors, said the response from both retailers and vendors about the new CE debut has been enthusiastic.

In an effort to maintain an element of surprise and to peak interest in its spring get-together, RetailVision is offering only teasers on some of its more popular events.

For one, it will not specifically divulge content about next week's Welcome reception. Advance word is that this event will involve "ramming competitors with bumper cars" and checking out a spectacular view from a 50-foot Ferris wheel. "Great" prizes also will be offered, organizers reported.

"The team at RetailVision has been working overtime to one-up itself," said meeting organizers. While last fall's Rodeo Welcome reception was one of the best attended ever, the Welcome proceedings on April 26 at 7:30 p.m. have a good chance of topping this, said managers of the Gartner-produced event.

Advance billing for RetailVision's annual awards presentations ramps up with the announcement that a host of entertainers from the TV programs, "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and "The Drew Carey Show" will be on hand April 28 at 7:45 p.m. for the "Best of RetailVision" awards celebration. The theme for the evening is "Whose Award Is It Anyway?" and scheduled for the evening's fun is the Improv All Stars, seen on the two TV shows, featuring Ryan Stiles and Kathy Kinney.

The Ingram Micro team will be revved up for another "outstanding" — and perhaps even a little "outrageous" — Harley Party at 9:30 p.m. on April 28, when the company's Biker Bash follows the awards presentation, said RetailVision.

RetailVision University ChannelViews, April 28 at 8:45 a.m., will include leading industry experts, such as Insider Marketing, Koenigsberg & Associates, NPD, The Bellow Group and Levin Consulting. ChannelViews have industry consultants sharing their knowledge on a wide variety of pertinent topics.

Also at RetailVision University, PowerViews, April 27 at 8:45 a.m., will include leading retail executives discussing how manufacturers can be successful with their organizations. Best Buy, Micro Center and Amazon.com will conduct the presentation. PowerViews bring in retail executives to educate vendors about planning programs, selling products and building brands.

A key RetailVision feature during the week's meeting is 15-minute Private Boardroom Appointments, which allow vendors uninterrupted access to retailer decision-makers, giving retailers the opportunity to review the latest products, services and technologies. These are scheduled for April 27 at 9:30 a.m. and April 28 at 8:30 a.m.




Retailers Coming To RetailVision



4Sure.com

AAFES

ABC Warehouse

ABS Computer

ACP Superstore

Amazon.com

American TV & Appliance

At Computer Plus

Baillio's

Best Buy

Best Buy Canada

Best Buy.com

BJ's Wholesale

Boise Office Products

BrandsMart USA

Brick Warehouse

Buy.com

Campus Retail Canada

Circuit City

Columbia Photo & Electronics

CompUSA

CompuSmart Edmonton

CompuSmart Montreal

Computer Renaissance

Costco

Cowboy Maloney's Electric City

Datavision

Datel Systems

Dell

Digitally Unique

ebay

Ebuyer

Eurpac

Fry's Electronics

Future Shop

Global Computer

Good Guys

Harmony Computers

Hartco

Hewlett-Packard

Home Shopping Network

InterTAN

J&R Music and Computer World

Kmart

London Drugs

MARTA Cooperative of America

Marine Corps Exchange

Micro Center

Microsupply

Musicland Group

NATM Buying Group

Nebraska Furniture Mart

New Tech Guru

Office Depot

Office Depot - Canada

OfficeMax

OfficeMax.com

PC Club

PC Connection

PC Mall

PC Universe

Quill

RadioShack

RadioShack Canada

R.C. Willey

RCS

Scholastic

Shop At Home

Staples

Staples - The Business Depot

State Street Direct

Target.direct

The Apple Store

The Computer Store

TigerDirect

Wal-Mart.com

Westworld Computers

Wolfe's Camera

Zones



Vendors Attending RetailVision



3JTech

Adobe

Advanced Media

Alera Technologies

Ambicom

AMD

America Online

American Power Conversion

Antec

Aspire Digital

Atech Flash Tecnhology

Avanquest U.S.A. (Elibrium)

AverMedia

Battery-Biz

Battery Technology

BDI Laguna

Belkin

Best Software

Buslink

Cardo Systems

CasEdge

CD Library

Channel Intelligence

Channel Media

Chenbro Micom USA

Chois Technology

COKem

ColorVision

Continental Promotion Group

Corel

Corex

Cyber Acoustics

D&H Distributing

Dane Elec

DCL

Digital Innovations

Digital River

Energizer (Technuity)

Executive Software

Express Group

Falcon Safety Products

Finger System

First International Digital

Freecom Technologies

FutureDial

Gemini Industries

GetConnected

Global Hauri

Hartford Computer Group

Ideazon

IDParts (Karview)

Imation

InFocus

Ingram Micro Logistics

Intervideo

Iolo Technologies

iPark Silicon Valley

Kensington

Kestone Marketing

Keyspan

Koenigsberg & Associates

LaCie

Levin Consulting

LG Electronics USA

Logitech

mediaGear

Micro Innovations

Micro Solutions

Monster Cable

Mosaic Retail

M-Systems

Motorola

Mustek

NEC Solutions

Netgear

Norcent Technology

PC Treasures

Peerless Industries

PlusNetMarketing

Powerware

PriceGrabber.com

Punch! Software

Regent

Rentrak

Ritek/Advanced Media

Riverdeep

Roxio

Saeed Ghaemi

Sakar International

Samsonite

Saunders

Seasonic Electronic

Shuttle Computer Group

Smartdisk

SMC Networks

Speck Products

Startech

Strategic Vista

Sylvania

Synapse Micro

TCA Fulfillment

Teledex

Tentoe

The Express Group

The NPD Group

Thinkware Systems

Tom Fritz Consulting

TomTom

Toshiba

Tripp Lite

Ulead Systems

Unitrend

Vanguard USA

Verbatim

Viewcon

Visart Technologies

Visioneer

Wacom

Western Digital

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