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Sam’s, Amazon Tops Customer Poll

WABAN, MASS. — Sam’s Club and provide the best customer experience in retail, according to an online poll of shoppers in January by The Temkin Group. Conversely, RadioShack came in last place among retailers for the third consecutive year; and Best Buy, Walmart and, surprisingly, Apple Stores were given middling ratings of just “OK.”

Feds: Feb. CE, Majap Sales Flat

WASHINGTON — Sales at CE and appliance stores edged up 0.5 percent in February, to nearly $8.3 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau reported. But sales for the channel slipped 0.2 percent from January, the agency’s monthly retail sales tally shows.

HES Added 14 Members

ANAHEIM, CALIF. — Home Entertainment Source (HES) has added 14 new members over the last four months, giving the BrandSource buying group division more than 500 A/V specialty dealers and custom integrators nationwide.

ABC Brings LG Ultra TV To Detroit Area

LAKESIDE, MICH. – ABC Warehouse is the first dealer in its trading area to carry LG’s 84-inch Ultra High-Definition Cinema 3D smart TV. The 4K display had a soft launch in mid-March at the Midwest chain’s Detroit metro-area store, here, where it sold nine of the $17,000 models without the benefit of advertising.

Nationwide Named Energy Star Partner

WASHINGTON — The Nationwide Marketing Group (NMG) has been named a 2013 Energy Star Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for its contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by educating consumers about energy-efficient products.

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