Dealerscope Senior Editor Audrey Gray sat down with the new president of Philips Consumer Electronics North America, Stewart Muller, at the Philips “Holidays in June” line show. It was Muller’s second day on the job, but he already had plenty to say about his vision for the company’s relationship with retailers. Q: You’ve called yourself an an audio-video enthusiast. What are you into? I have twelve TV’s at home! Six of those are high definition. I even have one in the bathroom. Q: And what led to this proliferation? I’m a huge sports fan. I remember the very first time I
Starting this week, malls in Atlanta; Boulder, CO; and Santa Rosa, CA will be the first three to house new automated retail kiosks for Sony products. The machines will house CE wares such as batteries, MP3 players and digital cameras, as well as Sony DVD and CD titles, all available to consumers at the swipe of a credit or debit card. The experiment comes via Sony’s partnership with Zoom Systems, who recently distributed iPod vending machines to hotels and airports (and soon 180 Macy’s stores). The four-to-eight foot wide machines boast touch screen displays that show trailers, music videos or product information
For the second year in a row, JVC is going on tour. They’re taking two tricked out buses – one for the east, another for the west – and giving retailers the low-down on their new products, in particular the JVC Everio hard drive camcorder and the HD-ILA rear projection TV line. When the The JVC Perfect Experience Road Tour bus rolls into town (Tampa, Dallas, San Diego, Chicago and New York, among them), it hits three of four stores a day, taking the sales staff of each onto the bus for 15 minute training sessions on the products. Hitting 34
Entering a competition now dominated by the likes of Canon and Nikon, Sony introduced Tuesday the Alpha DSL-A100, their first digital SLR camera. Sony comes to this launch after a year-long collaboration with Konica Minolta, recently nudged out of the camera business by the shift to digital (and bought by Sony in January). The digital SLR market has been growing recently, as the high-end cameras have begun to appeal to non-professionals and professionals alike. The 10.2-megapixel Alphas are expected to go on sale in July for with an MSRP of $900 for the body, with lenses ranging from $450 to $700.
At Hitachi’s annual new product gig, the company showcased this season’s latest TVs, focused mostly on LCD, though a few plasma, micro display and even a couple of CRTs made an appearance. In its premium director series line, Hitachi showed 37- and 32-inch LCD models ($2,799 and $2,499), featuring a new 120Hz panel, which improves motion response and black levels over 60Hz panels. It also allows for improved off-axis viewing, enhanced by the company’s Super In-plane switching technology. All models include 3 HDMI inputs, RS-232 for control systems and a new 16-bit video processing called Picture Master HD. In plasma the top products
Here’s the first thing to understand about today’s teenagers: Their cell phones are a natural extension of their bodies, as if their right arms had grown five more inches. The phone goes with them everywhere, allowing access to the Internet, to their parents, to each other and most importantly, to prospective love interests. This ability to communicate digitally is so second-nature that the loss of a cell phone is mourned like an injury. A day without text messaging, calling, photo-sharing, and playing Sudoku would be, to this generation, like a day without the use of your eyes, ears and voice. It’s not just that
Manufacturer Support is More Critical Than Ever for Imaging Dealers By Jon Sienkiewicz During my thirty-year career at Minolta Corporation I held the senior management positions of Regional Sales Manager, Director of Service and Vice President of Marketing. My experience in all three areas left me with a well-rounded perspective, and I'm often asked how the three departments differ. Here's how I explain it, although I secretly wish people would ask me how they are the same, instead of how they are dissimilar. Marketing loads the cannon and aims it. Sales pulls the trigger and is first into the trenches to witness the
Some Photo Retailers Claim it's an Overlooked Part of the Retail Business Equation By Lorraine A. DarConte The topic of manufacturer support is a touchy one it seems; when asked, many retailers were concerned about having their names disclosed, or in turn, of revealing the name of a manufacturer they felt wasn't delivering the level of service and support they needed. But a few brave souls were willing to tell it like it is when it comes to manufacturer support, including the good, the bad and the ugly. First and foremost, photo retailers believe that manufacturer support is critical to the survival of
Attitudes towards covergence imaging devices When it comes to capturing digital images, most consumers opt for a digital camera or camcorder to get the job done. But as convergence blurs the line between these devices, the industry and the channel want to know: Do consumers see the value? How are these devices being used? New consumer research from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) shows 91 percent of digital camera owners consider their digital camera to be their primary picture taking device, even though 39 percent own an analog camcorder and 22 percent own a digital camcorder. But among owners of digital camcorders, 18 percent
Far more intriguing than any of the wireless, roving vacuum cleaners and robotic dogs is the evidence of more than a few imaging innovations at this year's show. Much more prominent than in past years, digital imaging continues to gain both floor space and general attention at CES. While digital cameras continue to dominate the news here, much of what was shown at CES was done so "under the table" as most of the major camera manufacturers save the big announcements for next month's Photo Marketing Association (PMA) show. And while they may take the forefront, digital cameras are not the only products making
LAS VEGAS - The big sellers this past holidays season are showing an even stronger presence at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. Aside from the usual menu of home theatre items dominated by a growing interest in plasma and LCD television technology, not to mention shrinking price tags, smaller, more portable devices are also impacting the popular wireless landscape, with several partnerships also ushering in even more products that crossover technology categories over all. Olympus announced three new digital cameras, including the pocket-sized Olympus D-425 with "One Touch" configuration, and individual buttons for shooting, reviewing and deleting images.
Olympus Introduces Camera for Teens The Olympus i snap is a compact, lightweight camera designed for teens. It is auto-focus, with auto flash and ability to make reprints in classic, HDTV and panoramic formats. The i snap comes in three colors: sonic sky, kosmic kiwi and rocket ruby. The camera will be sold in a package that will include an inflatable 3.5 x 5" picture frame, camera strap, batteries, translucent camera case, film and photo tips booklet. The i snap becomes available in July for $39.95 SRP. Digital Wallet Expands Memory Digital Wallet, a portable storage device developed by Minds@Work, is now sold nationwide in three memory