San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
NEW YORK – Losses continued for many top Japanese CE manufacturers, with the exception of Sony, as they reported their individual annual results for the fiscal year that ended March 31.
Television continued to be a drain on corporate bottom lines of several manufacturers, although new strategies and revamped operations have helped get some closer to profitability.
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. – Ingram Micro’s consumer electronics division (IMCE) hosted its annual Spring Vendor Expo, drawing more than 500 manufacturers and retailers, here. It featured a keynote address by Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
The event, held at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess from April 30 to May 2, was the 16th annual event and was designed to discuss strategy, build relationships and identify business opportunities.
Faisal Masud, former Groupon and eBay exec, has joined Staples as executive VP, global e-commerce. In this newly created role, Masud will be responsible for leading online and digital growth. He will report to Demos Parneros, president of North American stores and online for Staples ... Judy Schmeling, HSNi’s executive VP and chief financial officer, has been named COO, effective immediately, and continues as chief financial officer. HSNi also promoted Michael J.
MAHWAH, N.J. — Sharp Electronics recently notified specialty A/V dealers handling the jointly administered Sharp/Pioneer Elite TV line that it will not be offering any new models under the premium brand this year.
Jim Sanduski, Sharp strategic product marketing VP, told TWICE that the company has been unable to acquire a key component part needed for the advanced TVs, which has forced it to put plans on hold for any new products for the foreseeable future.
He added the company has sold through inventory on models from the prior year.
NEW YORK — Hewlett-Packard unveiled its first Android-based, Tegra 4-powered tablet/laptop hybrid with the introduction of the SlateBook X2.
The company also expanded its Windows 8-based Split X2 tablet/laptop hybrids with the addition of a 13.3-inch model.
The SlateBook X2 is HP’s first venture outside the Windows operating system for a laptop or tablet. The SlateBook has a 10-inch FullHD touch display and full size-detachable keyboard, and it comes with batteries in both the keyboard and tablet sections.
SAN DIEGO — RevoluSun Solar, a solar-panel energy- system provider, is looking to use electronics and electronics/appliance retailers as franchisees to sell its systems.
Shawn Mahoney, sales director of RevoluSun, knows how electronics and electronics/appliance retail channels work and perform, having worked a decade in the CE industry: seven with Tweeter and the rest with Hitachi’s TV division.
MILWAUKEE — Koss has teamed with Olympian swimmer Dara Torres for a line of woman-themed fitness headphones.
The Fit series is currently offered in two configurations: the in-ear FitClips with sweat-resistant overear clips, and the FitBuds ear buds.
The FitClips feature 9mm drivers, a frequency response of 15Hz to 20kHz, and impedance of 16 ohms. Suggested retail is $29.99. Five colors choices are available, and each one comes with three sizes of silicone tips.
ARLINGTON, VA. — The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) revealed its 2013 class of inductees for the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame. Fifteen people make up the new class:
• Samar Basu — worked on the lithium-ion battery at Bell Labs;
• Manning Greenberg — covered the CE industry for Home Furnishings Daily for decades;
• Marcian (Ted) Hoff — invented the microprocessor;
• Team: Jim Barton/Michael Ramsay — TiVo founders;
WASHINGTON — While the U.S. Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act earlier this month and backers of the mandatory online sales tax collection legislation see progress, the bill still has to be reviewed, possibly revised, and voted upon by the House of Representatives.
SAN ANTONIO — The Progressive Retailers Organization (PRO Group) and its sister buying collective Home Entertainment Source (HES) have begun a reorganization under the ProSource name and will focus on four key product categories going forward.
The new game plan was outlined last week by ProSource president/CEO Dave Workman and HES executive VP Jim Ristow at PRO’s annual spring meeting here at the Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort and Spa.