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Target Names Cornell CEO

Target said Thursday that it has named Brian Cornell its new CEO, a rare outside executive hire for the company.

Cornell, formerly the CEO of PepsiCo Americas Foods and president of CEO of Sam's Club before that, joins Target as the company continues to recover from last year's major security breach.

“As we seek to aggressively move Target forward and establish the company as a top omnichannel retailer, we focused on identifying an extraordinary leader who could bring vision, focus and a wealth of experience to Target’s transformation,”  Roxanne S. Austin, interim non-executive chair of the board, said in a statement. “The Board is confident that Brian’s diverse and broad experience in retail and consumer products as well as his passion for leading high performing teams will propel Target forward.”

Vizio Has a New Website

Vizio this week announced a relaunch of its website, Vizio.com. The new site, the company site, offers a "consumer-centric user experience designed to inspire, inform, entertain and simplify the journey for consumers looking to purchase their next product."

Among other features, the new site includes a new interface and predictive search tool.

"The new VIZIO.com simplifies the user experience while celebrating entertainment, innovation and design,” Matt McRae, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO, said as part of the announcement.

 “All design decisions were driven by ease-of-use, putting the consumer experience first to give them a better way to learn about VIZIO’s beautifully simple technologies and product features through smart shopping tools and search functionalities.”

See the new site at Vizio.com.

PowerHouse Alliance Adds Yamaha as Vendor

The PowerHouse Alliance announced this week that it has added Yamaha to its line card, including AV receivers, home theater systems, Hi-Fi components, sound bars, digital sound projectors.

Yamaha's sound bar was on display at the open house this week hosted by PowerHouse member Ultimate Integration.

"The addition of Yamaha to our focused roster of vendor partners is a key opportunity for our distributor members, and their dealers, who are looking for a trusted audio/video solution from a premium brand," Dennis Holzer, Executive Director for PowerHouse Alliance, said as part of the announcement.

 "Yamaha continues to deliver elegant, yet powerful products that infuse a passion for quality A/V across our marketplace; we are thrilled to welcome their partnership as it provides the foundation for a long and mutually beneficial relationship."

Klipsch to Debut KlipschDealer Online Hub

Klipsch this week announced that it will soon launch KlipschDealer.com, a new website or its U.S. dealers. The site officially goes live August 4.

The site will offer same-day shipping, free shipping for orders over $500m real-time inventory levels.

“It is important that we provide our valued retailers and custom integrators with an effective, easy-to-use platform that allows for instant access to updated product information and a streamlined ordering process,”  Marc Fisher, national sales manager for Klipsch, said as part of the announcement.
 
“KlipschDealer.com will be available to them 24 hours a day and operate seamlessly no matter the type of device they are using.”

Apple Plans Beats Layoffs

Following its purchase of Beats, Apple is planning to drop around 200 redundant employees, a spokesman confirmed to Bloomberg News.

“We’re excited to have the Beats team join Apple, and we have extended job offers to every Beats employee,” Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told Bloomberg.

“Because of some overlap in our operations, some offers are for a limited period and we’ll work hard during this time to find as many of these Beats employees as we can another permanent job within Apple.”

NYNE Adds Retail Partners

NYNE said this week that it has added Abt Electronics, Altex Computers & Electronics, and Hudson Group’s “Tech On The Go” airport retail network  as retail partners. 

They join Altex, Fry's Electronics, World Wide Stereo, Electronics Expo, Huppin's, Dearden's, BrandsMart USA and Nebraska Furniture Mart. 

“We are excited to announce the newest additions to our growing retail network,” Rob Voorhies, national sales manager at NYNE, said in a statement. 

 “Our lifestyle-inspired speakers have consistently grown in popularity and subsequent demand from consumers. We are proud to offer our products at these prestigious retailers as we continue to expand the NYNE presence worldwide.”

New Site For Cary Audio

Cary Audio this week announced the launch of its new website, on the occasion of its 25th anniversary this year.

"Launching the new website is another step in that direction," the company said as part of the announcement.

"The new website has been designed to provide the ultimate user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality throughout, allowing customers to access detailed product information with the option to be interactive with the company and share information across all major social networking sites."

See the site here.

Chief Offers Training Course on Digital Signage

Chief said this week that it has launched a new training program on the topic of Digital signage solutions, as part of its Chief Certified Partner Program.

"This course is a great way for installers and dealers to increase their knowledge of digital signage solutions while earning free industry credits,"   Mike Moon, Training and Installation Manager, said in a statement.

"Digital signage is seeing strong growth in the AV industry with predictions to reach $17 billion by 2017 according to global information company IHS. Now is the time to focus on learning more about this vertical."

See the training program here.