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LOS ANGELES — Holiday sales of technology products will grow this year but not at the rate of previous years, according to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), which is predicting CE spending to increase 2.6 percent.
That is down from 4 percent growth in the 2012 holiday season, according to CEA’s report, the “20th Annual CE Holiday Purchase Patterns Study,” released at CEA’s Industry Forum, here, in October.
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.
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – Sears Home Appliance Showrooms, a specialty chain that was spun off from Sears Holdings last year, is three months into a store remodeling program.
NEW YORK — With Black Friday fast approaching, retailers including Amazon.com, Best Buy, Target, RadioShack and Toys“R”Us have shared their holiday strategies, which include expanded assortments, increased multichannel options and ubermarketing campaigns.
Tom Wheeler has been named chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Mike O’Rielly as commissioner of the FCC ... Paul Rutenis and Janet Fox, both from JCPenney, join RadioShack as senior VPs, him as chief merchandising officer and her to head global sourcing.
LOS ANGELES — Ultra High Definition was the talk of the annual CEA Industry Forum, held here in October. Mike Dunn, president of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, made his pitch for a combination Ultra High-Definition Blu-ray deck with a multi-TB hard drive and a separate Ultra HD server for the home in his keynote, while a panel of hardware and industry experts discussed the new video format.
Dunn pushed in his keynote that the entertainment industry is “linked to your [CE] business. We need to work together to succeed.”
LOS ANGELES — Fifteen industry leaders were inducted into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame during its 14th annual awards ceremony, held here, Tuesday, Oct. 22.
The Hall of Fame Awards ceremony was held in conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) Industry Forum earlier this week and included a special tribute to International CES founder Jack Wayman’s 50-year career at CEA and its predecessor organization.
The 2013 class includes the following:
Sony’s Hirai To Keynote At 2014 CES
LOS ANGELES — Kazuo Hirai, Sony Corp. president and CEO, will deliver the opening morning Tech Titans keynote address at the 2014 International CES. Hirai’s address will take place at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, in the Venetian’s Palazzo Ballroom in Las Vegas directly following a State of the Industry Address by Gary Shapiro, CEA president and CEO.
Menounos Named CES Entertainment Ambassador
NEWARK, CALIF. — Logitech International reported another down quarter, but it expressed confidence in the progress of its three-year turnaround plan, and analysts remained optimistic the accessory maker was on the correct course going forward.
Revenue for Logitech’s second quarter of fiscal 2014 was $532 million, down 3 percent compared with the prior-year period.
NEW YORK – The Bluetooth-speaker market is growing so rapidly that some suppliers are confident they can successfully tap the high end of the market for portable AC/DC models.
Other suppliers are so confident of the widespread appeal of Bluetooth speakers that they’re targeting the market for AC-only home models, whose sales are growing rapidly though they still account for a small share of overall sales, NPD Group statistics show.
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – Philips called off a deal announced in January to sell its Lifestyle Entertainment business unit to Japan’s Funai Electric.
However, Funai subsidiary P&F USA will continue to market the business unit’s products on an exclusive basis in North America under an existing agreement that expires at the end of 2015.
Lifestyle Entertainment products include portable and tabletop home audio products, headphones, portable DVD players and accessories.