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NEW YORK — PC shipments during the back-to-school selling season, also known as the third quarter, showed some signs of life in the U.S.
The research firms IDC and Gartner each had PC shipments in the U.S. market higher — up from basically flat, according to IDC, to up 3.5 percent, according to Gartner. The latter company noted that this uptick marked the second consecutive quarter of increases following a string of six quarters of decreases.
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.
NEW YORK – The days when kids clamored for a desktop or laptop for Christmas are long gone, but analysts and vendors are optimistic that the category will enjoy a decent 2013 holiday season.
That does not mean tablets are in any danger of being supplanted as the No. 1 tech gift on most consumer’s wish list, but the influx of new form factors and price points will give the mobile computing category a boost.
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.