New York — The Anti-Defamation League’s National Consumer Technology Industry divisio
Back in 2000 I called an executive a major CE manufacturer to inform him that Amazon.com was carrying his company’s products. He adamantly said, “That’s impossible. We have not authorized any website to sell our products!”
Today can you imagine any major CE brand not wanting to be carried online today, especially Amazon?
Back then a lot of veteran retailers began yelling, “The sky is falling!” when discussing online retailing and
As CE devices continue to shrink while adding computing power, the logical assumption is that carrying your gear around should be getting easier. Nothing could be further from the truth for this reporter. Smaller hardware just gives me license to carry more devices.
On any given day I’m lugging back and forth to work my (admittedly outdated and heavy) laptop, an iPad Mini, my 160GB iPod, smartphone, DSLR, digital voice recorder, vintage Flip video camera, assorted chargers
As you have read, Sears Holdings lost $279 million in its fiscal first quarter. It is a major loss in a string of many for the retailer that operates Sears and Kmart.
While we don’t wish this on any company, this has to beg the question: “What happens if Sears goes away?”
In major appliances, where it is still No. 1, Sears had $7.28 billion in sales
If you remember the May 6 issue, we covered the industry’s buying groups and their members, the independent retailers. In this one, we will shift our focus to the annual TWICE Top 100 CE Retailers Report, which covers calendar year 2012, and it is one of the most unusual Top 100 reports I can recall. As a group, business declined 0.3 percent in 2012.
(A copy of the complete report is now available online. Please
Judging by the number of pitch emails I’ve received since International CES, Bluetooth “leashes” are exploding in popularity. Here are some recent additions to the ambitious crowd-funding crew:
MotionsTek has thrown its hat in the ring, hoping consumers will donate to Indiegogo to help get its TagIt tracking device off the ground. The TagIt, which costs $40 on Indiegogo
Proxy statements have been sent to Best Buy shareholders, who, among other pieces of business, are being asked to vote in a new slate of directors, including Dick Schulze’s nominees Brad Anderson and Al Lenzmeier.
The board has endorsed the former senior officers as part of its rapprochement with Schulze, and they are expected to retain their two-month-old directors’ seats.
What’s more interesting though is chairman Hatim Tyabji’s letter to shareholders
I read a blog online the other day about Best Buy’s turnaround in recent months, but halfway through, its author began to go down the road of gloom and doom.
I didn’t keep the link so pardon me if I don’t give the proper credit (or blame) to the author, but one line in the piece went something like this: “If Best Buy’s revival doesn’t succeed, consumer electronics will no longer have a national retail presence.”
I also recently heard
Apple won’t be asking Keith Richards for a product endorsement any time soon.
Rock-and-roll’s riff-master general doesn’t own an iPod, and told the Associated Press he prefers vinyl and even cassettes to its compressed digital sound.
“It has … a much better sound than digital,” he said of the analog formats.
The 69-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist
The Boston terror attacks may have pulled the news media’s attention away from the shenanigans of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, but IHS iSuppli has taken a look into what a war on the Korean peninsula would mean for the CE world.
In a word: bad.
IHS noted that about 66 percent of the world’s NAND flash and 70 percent of the tablet display manufacturing takes place in South Korea. So any outbreak of hostilities would essentially result in the immediate halt of
The life of the CE industry flashed before my eyes last week as I roamed through the back roads of the Appalachian Mountains in search of antiques.
The ghosts of dead formats and dead brands appeared before me in high-ceiling turn-of-the-century homes, old barns, and dark, decrepit cinder-block buildings that must have once been home to thriving commercial enterprises.
The tabletop radios bore the brands of Motorola, Admiral, and Atwater Kent. An Edison wax-cylinder
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