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NEW YORK — Ah spring, when a young retail merchandise manager’s fancy turns to ... back-to-school planning. As parents brace themselves for the looming summer onslaught of happy school-free kids, our intrepid store exec is knee-deep in planograms and good-better-best sell sheets. So as a public service to our retail readers, TWICE has culled some of the best backpacks on the market for those inevitable end-of-summer sales. They’ll be here before you know it.
KEF Launches Its First Headphones
MARLBORO, N.J. — KEF announced its first foray into the headphones market, with the introduction of over-ear (M500) and in-ear (M200) models.
The closed-back M500 feature 40mm neodymium drivers, a folding design, a sweat-resistant headband, and in-line mic and controls. Suggested retail is $299.
The M200 in-ear headphones have dual-driver technology with 10mm and 5.5mm drivers. Features include aluminum housings, silicone ear tips, in-line mic and controls, and a $199 price tag.
NEWARK, CALIF. — Logitech International reported yet another down quarter, with declining worldwide sales, but the company said restructuring efforts and stabilizing sales in the Americas have put it on a path for righting itself. Unfortunately, improvement may not be seen for some time, according to analysts and the company itself.
NEW YORK — As mobile devices have dominated industry sales for the past year, according to the Consumer Electronics Association, myriad portable power and charging solutions were introduced recently to meet different consumer needs.
For instance, China-based Powerocks has introduced the Tarot, a credit-card-sized rechargeable power bank for mobile devices that can be kept in a wallet or pocket.
NEW YORK — As consumer electronics retailers look beyond the traditional parameters of the category, the music instrument, DJ equipment and other pro audio segments all continue a steady rollout of new products.
Several companies, all of which distribute through major CE retailers, unveiled joined the new-product bandwagon this spring with devices intended to appeal to pros and do-it-yourselfers alike.
Korg announced its first battery-operated keyboard workstation.
NEW YORK — As the CE retail channel reacts to the ever- changing pressures of competition, many independents and regional chains are increasingly looking beyond core CE categories to make up for razor-thin margins and showrooming shoppers.
Store managers are carving out floor and shelf space for a diverse array of home-oriented product categories that traditionally were left to specialty retailers outside the typical realm of the average A/V outlet.
NEW YORK — Furniture is one of the fastest-growing alternative categories for CE retailers, one that delivers healthy margins and serves a practical purpose for instore display and merchandising of A/V components.
Retailers know that a well-designed vignette, combining a home-theater setup with an appropriate cabinet and accessories, can not only can advance a sale but add valuable percentage points to the bottom line.
SAN FRANCISCO — SOL Republic added its third in-ear headphones last week, the Jax.
The Jax feature the company’s i2 Sound Engines (what the company calls its driver technology), and come with flat cables and in-line mic and controls. One version will support Apple devices while another is a single- button universal control without volume control for Android devices.
They are also part of SOL’s Ear Tips For Life program, which promises to replace the silicon ear tips any time they are lost.
NAPERVILLE, ILL. — ClearSounds Communications, which manufactures products for those with hearing impairment, launched three new DECT phones with sound amplification this month, including a model with built-in Bluetooth.
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — LG Electronics has joined the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP), an industry consortium focusing on magnetic resonance wireless power transfer founded by Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm.
LG becomes the 38th member company and by doing so, strengthens a bridge between two major competing wireless technology standards organizations. LG was a founding member company of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), which was formed in 2008 and developed and licenses the Qi standard for inductive charging. Samsung is also a member of the WPC.