By Lisa Johnston
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RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. – As demonstrated at its recent International CES showcase, C&A Marketing continues to build on the success of its Polaroidbranded imaging products lines, using the famous moniker to put a new spin on the old thrill of instant photo printing.
Among the company’s highlights for 2014 is a square-shaped Polaroid-branded Socialmatic instant printing-and-posting camera, and a trio of Polaroidbranded action sports video cameras with take-anywhere attributes.
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.
NEWARK, N.J. —Panasonic’s 2014 audio lineup will include its first two under-TV speakers, three new active soundbars, two Blu-ray HTiBs and the its first wireless multizone-audio system incorporating Qualcomm’s All- Play technology.
Most products will be available in early spring. Prices weren’t disclosed.
NEWARK, CALIF. — Logitech is no longer selling off its video-security division, a spokeswoman confirmed to TWICE.
Logitech said its financial results late last month, displaying some turnaround progress with a sales uptick of 2 percent for its fiscal third quarter.
According to Nancy Morrison, Logitech corporate communications VP, the company did not find the right buyer for the division and is no longer planning to sell it. Logitech will still maintain the service and offer cameras for sale, she said.
BENTON HARBOR, MICH. — Whirlpool’s strong fourth quarter and annual financial reports are a clear illustration why independent retailers are leaning more on major appliances to generate sales and profits.
More independent retailers are following at least part of a successful strategy of Conn’s by leaning on their white-goods expertise to replace lost sales volume and profitability from electronics in the past year or so.
NEW YORK – Retailers and vendors evaded a series of blocks and tackles last month to stir Super Bowl demand with discounted TVs.
Following a sluggish holiday season, the industry was eager to clear out any remaining inventory in advance of an early 2014 model year. But severe arctic weather across half the nation; a regional contest between two Western teams; spotty inventory; and a still-recovering economy presented challenges before the Big Game.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. – Google agreed to sell its Motorola Mobility cellphone business to PC maker Lenovo in a $2.91 billion deal that will give the world’s largest PC maker a presence in the U.S. cellphone business.
Lenovo’s move will supplement its cellphone sales that take place outside the U.S.
By the time you read this, you will know who won the Super Bowl — and, no, I don’t mean whether the Denver Broncos or Seattle Seahawks now own the Vince Lombardi trophy for the next 12 months.
I mean those who are among the winners of the annual Super Bowl TV sales season.
After all the gloom and doom headlines about disappointing retail holiday sales reports, when we finally see Super Bowl TV sales reports, I’m hopeful it may bring some optimism back into the market.
LAS VEGAS — Ion Audio went to International CES with a plethora of new products, including what it called the only plug-in party system.
The Party Ball projects multicolored lights in a 360-degree arc. The device features internal sensors that enable the lights to move and pulsate along with the music source, the company said. It can screw into any ceiling-mounted light socket.
An extension cable and a wallpower adapter are also included.
LAS VEGAS — Acoustic Research used International CES to broaden its fashion-themed AR For Her CE line.
The line, which launched last fall, now includes a backup battery with a panic alarm and a second portable Bluetooth speaker.
The Zipstick backup battery, which will ship in the spring for a $34.99 suggested retail, has a 2,20 mAh lithiumion battery, LED flashlight and panic alarm. It will be offered in polka dots and white. A version without a panic alarm will be in $29.99 in black, Cobalt, Animal Print, Cayenne Polka Dot, white and red.
ONTARIO, CALIF. — Trident Case has begun shipping a redesigned line of its flagship Kraken AMS-series protective cases for the iPhone 5 that it said shaves 20 percent off the thickness of the case without any loss of protection.
The cases have been upgraded with an added layer of dual-injected thermoplastic elastomerinterior cushioning that makes the new series 20 percent thinner than the models it replaces.