New York - The New York Yankees may have been on the road Tuesday,
but the Stadium in The Bronx was still hopping.
Manufacturers such as LG Electronics, Toshiba, Sharp, NuVision, jWin, Coby, Omnimount, JVC, Harman, Pioneer and many more exhibited.
Stephen Bodnarchuk, associate VP/national accounts for M. Rothman, said that such retailers as QVC, Shop NBC, J&R Music World and Electronic Expo, among others, visited the show to check manufacturer lines, not only for the fourth quarter but for 2010 as well.
"We are already planning for next year, and so are our retailers and manufacturers," Bodnarchuk said.
As far as inventories go, Bodnarchuk said his company's view is that "manufacturers have planned well ... We don't believe there will be [widespread] shortages."
When asked about reports that the fourth quarter will be marked by deeper than normal price cuts, he commented, "We've heard stories about that, but we believe that the fourth quarter is always competitive. But we also believe that manufacturers can open new channels ... that will provide opportunities for them and retailers."
M. Rothman's is also looking for categories outside of CE products, namely in housewares. Bill Rothman, executive VP, said the company has "expanded our housewares offerings to 30 lines," has created a new division for the category, and added it because of better profit opportunities.