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CES: TOP TRENDS AND TECHNOLOGY

More so than ever, CES 2007 was a celebration of convergence, showcasing everything from TVs to audio/video gear to phones to home control systems that combined new technologies with the ease-of-use and convenience consumers expect of traditional electronics. While manufacturers and vendors trumpeted the latest and greatest features and functions of their new offerings, many also established plans to deepen their dealer programs by rolling out more training and demo units to help smaller dealers understand and sell more sophisticated products. In turn, dealers reacted to the products with a mix of outright enthusiasm and guarded optimism. What follows, is the Dealerscope wrap-up

CES: TOP TRENDS AND TECHNOLOGY

More so than ever, CES 2007 was a celebration of convergence, showcasing everything from TVs to audio/video gear to phones to home control systems that combined new technologies with the ease-of-use and convenience consumers expect of traditional electronics. While manufacturers and vendors trumpeted the latest and greatest features and functions of their new offerings, many also established plans to deepen their dealer programs by rolling out more training and demo units to help smaller dealers understand and sell more sophisticated products. In turn, dealers reacted to the products with a mix of outright enthusiasm and guarded optimism. What follows, is the Dealerscope wrap-up

Outlook 2007

Coming out of a busy holiday selling season, there is nottime to rest on one’s laurels. In fact, strategizing for the 2007 retail year probably should have started over a month ago. Dealerscope spoke with the heads of two CE buying groups to see what they are looking forward to in the coming year, what they are concerned about and what they hope to offer their members. RICHARD GLIKES, Executive Director, Home Theater Specialists of America Our goal for 2007 is to reinvent HTSA. It will be our 11th year, and we’ll be looking at new ways to improve ourselves. It’s been a very