Attitudes from the Editor (March)
In this issue, you'll find Dealerscope's annual ranking of the the Top 50 Consumer Electronics Retailers. There aren't too many surprises, though there has been some shifting: K*B Toys and Sears Canada are in, while Future Shop (now counted as part of Best Buy) and PC Warehouse are out. For the most part, though, the list is much the same as it was last year. One notable issue is that while The Wiz ranked as number 42 in this 2002 line-up, you can bet that won't be the case next year, considering parent company Cablevision's recent exit from the retail business.
An interesting fact came to light as we went over the sales numbers of the Top 50: 35 retailers reported an increase in sales in 2002 over 2001, and 27 retailers reported more storefronts. Considering the current economic situation, I predict less growth among next year's Top 50, but I hope I'm wrong.
Here at Dealerscope HQ, we've been working on our own growth initiatives. If you've visited Dealerscope.com lately, you've noticed a few changes. We've reorganized the content and buttons to make it easier to get the information you want. Dealerscope-exclusive features, such as our "40 under 40" profiles, Hall of Fame and Retail Excellence Awards, Industry Calendar and CE Industry Stats, are also easily accessible from the main page. News and Web-exclusive articles are being updated more frequently, and there's a new "Question of the Month" section for you to give us feedback about important issues in the CE industry. If you've got news to report about your own retail business, or any comments or suggestions on the new Web site, drop me a line. I hope you like the work we've done here.