By Lisa Johnston
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LAS VEGAS – JVC Mobile’s first two multimedia receivers with MHL/HDMI inputs will display video and GUIs from HDMI-connected iPhones and Android smartphones, but at least initially, the touchscreens of the HDMI-connected heads won’t be able to control the GUIs, said car electronics product planner Johnny Kashiwazaki.
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.
LAS VEGAS – More aftermarket car-audio upgrade packages are being tailored for use in specific vehicles with the vehicle’s factory radio.
At International CES, Harman unveiled vehicle-specific aftermarket upgrade packages tailored for specific vehicles in various countries. The first system for a U.S. market vehicle is intended for the Jeep Wrangler and will be JBL-branded.
For its part, Rockford expanded its selection of vehicle-specific systems under the Match brand.
LAS VEGAS – LG Electronics’ majap unit will create a new division around its Studio line of premium kitchen appliances to tap into increased demand for the category.
The manufacturer said the new LG Studio division will initially target the U.S. and Korean markets, and will help it double its distribution channels for high-end white goods.
LAS VEGAS – Samsung Electronics introduced at International CES a premium Chef Collection kitchen suite and two super-capacity laundry pairs.
The Samsung Chef Collection was developed in collaboration with world-class chefs under the company’s Club Des Chefs program to create what the manufacturer describes as “a suite of premium professional chef-level appliances.”
LAS VEGAS – The DEG: Digital Entertainment Group used its annual cocktail reception here at International CES to honor 2013’s top contributors to the field of digital video entertainment, led by Target.
The No. 2 discount chain was singled out for its efforts last year in marketing and merchandising both playback devices and physical disc based movies and TV shows online, and in stores and for launching from the ground up its own video streaming service, Target Ticket, said Amy Jo Smith, DEG president.
LAS VEGAS – National CE and IT distributor New Age Electronics named Conn’s as its 2013 Retailer of the Year at its annual CES customer appreciation gala at Caesars Palace last month, where guests were also entertained by Denver rock band The Fray.
Conn’s, the multiregional regional furniture, bedding, majap and CE chain, was selected based on its strong yearover- year revenue growth, close executive alignment, strategic partnership, sourcing of multiple brands and a consistent positive credit standing, the distributor said.
LAS VEGAS – ProSource named its debut board of directors here earlier this month, marking the formal merger of the Progressive Retailers Organization (PRO Group) and the Home Entertainment Source (HES) buying groups.
The announcement was made on the eve of International CES at PRO Group’s traditional Monday night reception at Bally’s, which was co-sponsored this year by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
LAS VEGAS — Monster held its annual Retailer of the Year Awards during International CES earlier this month.
The program was capped off by a concert with Fleetwood Mac.
The winners are as follows:
Most Monsterous International Distributor: Convoy International, Botany, New South Wales, Australia
Most Monsterous Rep Firm of the Year: Progressive Sales & Marketing, Byron Center, Mich.
Most Monsterous Retail Salesperson: Sanam Tehrani, Harrods, London
PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. – Holiday sales of the core TV, PC, tablet and headphone categories rose 3.7 percent to $9.5 billion during the critical five weeks between Nov. 24 and Dec. 28, The NPD Group reported, compared with a year-ago rise of 1 percent.
The categories, which include desktop and notebook PCs, represent the top five CE product sectors by revenue, excluding mobile phones, Kindle tablets and e-readers, and video game hardware and software.
LAS VEGAS – While bad weather and home delivery issues caused headaches for retailers during the holiday season, CE merchants on TWICE’s annual Executive Retail Roundtable at International CES, moderated by TWICE senior editor Alan Wolf, generally reported upbeat results.
Steve Baker, industry analysis VP for The NPD Group, said when everything was tallied together, about $22 billion was spent during the holidays, up about 5 percent from 2012. Black Friday sales alone were around $4.9 billion, up about 10 percent, he noted.