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NEW YORK — With Black Friday fast approaching, retailers including Amazon.com, Best Buy, Target, RadioShack and Toys“R”Us have shared their holiday strategies, which include expanded assortments, increased multichannel options and ubermarketing campaigns.
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.
FORT WORTH, TEXAS — RadioShack opened three new concept stores last week, including one near corporate headquarters here that drew local dignitaries and past and present management to the ribbon cutting.
The other two, located in Detroit and Philadelphia, join eight “high-touch” stores in New York, New Jersey, Boston and Fort Worth that were designed from the ground up with interactive demos, touchscreen displays, and more intuitive floor plans to enhance the shopping experience.
AMHERST, N.Y. — Stampede Presentation Products held its annual two-day Stampede Vendor Summit here this month to discuss new technology trends and report on its sales performance.
Asserting that the “age of interactivity” is now giving way to a new “age of hyperactivity” characterized by an always-fast, always-on Internet, attendees at the Summit heard that a new era of unprecedented opportunity was now unfolding — creating sales opportunities for dealers that were unimaginable a few short years ago, the distributor said.
Distributors Drop Fall Catalogs
NEW YORK – Petra Industries and Fesco Distributors have mailed their fall product catalogs. Petra’s nearly 1,300-page book was sent to more than 75,000 independent retailers, e-tailers and custom installers and integrators across the U.S. and showcases over 15,000 products from more than 500 manufacturers. It can also be viewed online at Petra.com/Cat213.
GREENVILLE, S.C. – IT, CE and gaming distributor New Age Electronics piggybacked its annual Executive Dealer Summit with parent company Synnex’s 2013 National Conference here earlier this month.
The move was designed to make customers better aware of the full supply-chain resources and sales opportunities available through Synnex, a global Fortune 500 company based here.
NORTH DALLAS – Last winter, David Pidgeon, president/CEO of Starpower Home Entertainment Systems, addressed the rank and file of Home Entertainment Source (HES) in his role as president of the specialty A/V and systems integration buying group.
He shared with fellow members some of the principals that have successfully guided Starpower on its 18-year voyage, and which could readily be adopted by other retailers.
NORTH DALLAS – Starpower Home Entertainment Systems has been providing premium A/V products, custom installations and whole-home integration services to upmarket consumers, including sports and entertainment celebrities, since 1995.
The company, which lays claim to being the largest custom installer in the Dallas-Fort Worth market, operates three showrooms in Texas and one in Scottsdale, Ariz.
JACKSON, MISS. — Cowboy Maloney’s Electric City is located far from the world’s entertainment and communications centers of Los Angeles and New York, but it has had an outsized impact on both.
In the 61 years since founder Cowboy Maloney began selling built-in appliances from his lumber yard, the family-held business has been on the cutting edge of technology and industry trends.
OMAHA, NEB. — Nebraska Furniture Mart (NFM) suffered the loss of scion Louie Blumkin earlier this year at 93.
The son of company founder Rose Blumkin and head of the family business for nearly 40 years, he is credited with building his mother’s fledgling furniture store into the nation’s largest home-furnishings emporium, and arranging the sale of a majority stake to billionaire Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway in 1983.
THE COLONY, TEXAS — Nebraska Furniture Mart (NFM) has always done things bigger and, the company would argue, better, whether it was selling a majority stake to one of the world’s wealthiest men, or starting construction on the largest home furnishings and entertainment complex on the continent.