By Lisa Johnston
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NEW YORK — Monster is drilling a deeper focus on fashion and what it can do for the headphones industry, its founder Noel Lee told TWICE during CE Week last month.
The company also used the event to promote its new proprietary sound technology known as Pure Monster Sound, and announced the expansion of several headphones lines.
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.
Mimobot Adds Sulu To Star Trek Drive Line
BOSTON — Mimobot has expanded its exclusive line of Star Trek character flash drives, adding a limited 1,000-unit release of Captain Hikari Sulu.
BOSTON — BlueFlame Technologies, a new CE accessories manufacturer, is planning a significant expansion into the market this summer and fall, one it marked with the announcement of its ShowerSling water-resistant Bluetooth speaker.
The company, which is a division of music instrument maker First Act, launched in September 2012 and came out of the gate with a variety of smartphone and tablet accessories, including portable speakers, tablet stands, sync and charge cables, Bluetooth receivers and cleaning products.
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.