Toshiba Officially Out of North America TV
Following its decision to not show new TVs at International CES in January, Toshiba has officially announced that it will stop making TVs for North America and will consider similar pullouts elsewhere, Reuters reported Thursday.
The company will license the Toshiba name, for North American sales, to Compal Electronics, starting in March.
Toshiba for the time being will continue to make TVs for the Japanese market.
No Super Bowl Ad For Best Buy
Don't expect a new Super Bowl commercial Sunday from Best Buy.
The retail giant, for the second year in a row, will not run a commercial on the big game, after buying time every year from 2011 to 2013.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the company has shifted its focus at least partially to digital marketing, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
The newspaper also reported that Greg Revelle was appointed chief marketing officer in November, even though it hadn't been announced at the time. Best Buy hadn't had a CMO since Barry Judge departed in 2012.
Amazon Profit Down Slightly; CE Performs Huge
Amazon announced that it posted a $214 million profit in the fourth quarter, compared with $239 million the same time the year before.
Amazon sold $20.6 billion in the "electronics and other general merchandise" category, an increase over $17.1 billion the same period the year before. Total net sales were $29.33 billion.
The company attributed its results, also, to the success of Amazon Prime.
“When we raised the price of Prime membership last year, we were confident that customers would continue to find it the best bargain in the history of shopping. The data is in and customers agree — on a base of tens of millions, worldwide paid membership grew 53% last year — 50% in the U.S. and even a bit faster outside the U.S.,” Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com, said as part of the announcement.
“Prime is a one-of-a-kind, all-you-can-eat, physical-digital hybrid — in 2014 alone we paid billions of dollars for Prime shipping and invested $1.3 billion in Prime Instant Video. We’ll continue to work hard for our Prime members.”
Saturday is National TV Safety Day
Safe Kids Worldwide- along with the Consumer Electronics Association and mount manufacturer Sanus- have proclaimed this Saturday National TV Safety Day.
The organizers encourage TV watchers, ahead of the Super Bowl, to secure their TVs, recycle old ones, and use certified mounts.
Sanus has also released a video, featuring TV personality Genevieve Gorder, with TV safety tips.
January 2015 Issue of Dealerscope is Online
The January 2015 issue of Dealerscope magazine, featuring this year's Hall of Fame, is online and can be read here.
Major Partners Returning to CE Week
The organizers of CE Week announced Wednesday that several major partners are returning for the 2015 version of the show
Showstoppers, Living in Digital Times, iLounge, The Connected Car Council, the Your Next TV Conference and the New York City Economic Development Council will all participate in this year's CE Week.
According to the announcement:
CE Week is produced annually by the Consumer Technology Publishing Group (CTPG) of Napco Media, publisher of Dealerscope and Technology Integrator magazines, and producer of the Technology Tell Network of technology web communities and the FutureVision retailer summit; the show is in partnership with Martin Porter Associates.
• Showstoppers will be back generating maximum press attendance and powering the event's Press Breakfast.
• Living in Digital Times (LIDT) will be expanding show coverage of cutting-edge categories like Wearables, Sports & Fitness, Virtual Reality and Smart Home.
• iLounge will be showcasing the latest i-accessories in a NYC exclusive.
• The Connected Car Council is back with their mid-year media briefing event.
• Your Next TV Conference is being joined by a half day on Next Gen Audio, once again under the direction of Scott Wilkenson (Twit, AV Forum) and Geoff Tully (SMPTE, HPA).
• And we're also proud that the NYC Economic Development Council (NYCEDC) will once again be bringing the best new start ups to the show floor.
For more information, contact Eric Schwartz at (267) 879-2167, or visit www.ceweekny.com.
Apple Reseller in Philippines Gets MB Quart Speaker
Manufacturer MB Quart, which is part of Maxxsonics, said this week that its QUB Bluetooth speakers are now available in Power Mac Center locations. Power Mac Center is the authorized Apple reseller in the Philippines.
“The Power Mac Center stores auditioned several leading Bluetooth speaker brands to add to the Apple Store mystique," Alden Stiefel, President and CEO of Maxxsonics, said in a statement. "We are proud to have MB Quart QUB Bluetooth speakers on the top shelf in the Philippines.”
DOW Electronics, Rockford Fosgate Plan Rock Party
Distributor DOW Electronics and Rockford Fosgate said this week that they will hold a retailer appreciation event Feb. 7 at DOW's Tampa location.
The event will feature a car and truck show with demo vehicles from car audio retailers in the Southeast region. The Rockford Fosgate SoundLab will also be featured.
“This is a great opportunity for DOW and Rockford to bring car audio retailers together to experience Rockford’s amazing products in a causal atmosphere,” Mike Barcia, DOW 12 Volt strategic sales manager, said as part of the announcement.
“We believe this is a chance for retailers to interact with their peers and see the quality of work other shops are putting into their installations. We recognize Rockford’s impact on the industry and want to bring Rockford’s spirit and passion to our retailers.”